News release

The #Ivotebecause Social Media Contest – Tell Us Why You Vote!

Local government | September 17, 2014

The City of Mississauga wants local youth to tell us why they vote. Mississauga residents between the ages of 17-25 can Tweet, Instagram, Facebook or YouTube their way to cash prizes toward college or university tuition by using the hashtag #Ivotebecause and tagging @CityMississauga.

“Our goal in 2014 is to engage young people in voting,” said Crystal Greer, Mississauga’s City Clerk.  “We hope that by encouraging youth to have a conversation about why it’s important to vote, we can increase the number of young people who vote on October 27.”

Using the hashtag  #Ivotebecause, contestants can share their reason, post a picture or create a video on social media. The most meaningful and creative reasons could win money towards school.  The contest was launched at the City’s YouthConnect concert in Celebration Square on June 13.

 – 1st prize is $2000 towards college or university
– 2nd prize is $1000 towards college or university
– 3rd prize is $500 toward college or university

Winners will be chosen based on creativity, meaningfulness and social media reach. Entrants can use the hashtags as many times as they want but only one submission per person will be judged.  Winners will be judged by a panel and prizes will be awarded in the fall. The contest runs until midnight on Election Day.

How to Enter

Step One
Tell us the reason you will be voting by creating a video or taking a selfie, then Tweet or post it on Facebook or Instagram using #Ivotebecause. Be creative! Don’t forget to tag @CityMississauga!

Step Two
If you’re 18 or older, go to and check to see if you are on the voters list.

Step Three
Follow or like the City of Mississauga on your favourite social media channel – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.

Step Four
Read and agree to the contest rules and regulations along with the consent form.

About the 2014 Municipal Election in Mississauga
The 2014 Municipal Election is on October 27, 2014. Eligible voters will be able to vote for Mississauga’s new mayor, their ward councillor and school board trustee.

The City of Mississauga will hold advance polls for 13 days from September 29 to October 11, 2014. Don’t forget to bring your Voter Notification Card and acceptable ID when you go to vote.

Mississauga Youth, tell us why you vote!  You could win money for school. If you are a Mississauga resident between the ages of 17-25, Tweet, Instagram, Facebook or YouTube your reason by using the hashtag #Ivotebecause and tagging @CityMississauga.

For more information about the 2014 Municipal Election, visit or call 905-615-VOTE. If you need information in an alternate format, please call 3-1-1.

Media Contact:
Keisha McIntosh-Siung
Communications Advisor
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5818
TTY:  905-896-5151