Politics

Here are the tools you need to follow the federal election

All the tools and resources you'll need to follow the campaign, from fact checks to spotting "fake news."

All the resources you'll need to track the campaign ahead of the Oct. 21 vote

A drone photo of Centre Block's Peace Tower above Parliament Hill, May 2017. (Patrick Morrell/CBC)

As doors get knocked on, promises get made and party leaders fan out across the country vying for your vote, CBC News has extensive coverage on all aspects of the campaign across our many platforms.

Whether it's comparing the party platforms, seeing who's ahead in the polls or getting answers to your burning voting questions, here's how to follow who forms your next government — and the bumps that happen along the campaign trail.

CBC News app

We've added a special section to our news app to put all the news, analysis, video and tools you need in right in your pocket to be an informed voter. Follow election stories from your local newsroom and you can follow our stories about the election topics you care about most. Download the CBC News app for iOS here and download the CBC News app for Android here.

Voter guide

A roundup of what you need to know to cast a ballot in the election — before you vote, while you're voting and then when you're watching results come in.

Party platforms

Compare all six main party's policies and promises on issues of importance like taxes, housing and climate change.

Topics covered in our party platform tracker include the carbon tax, deficits, housing, health care and transportation. (Nathan Phillips/CBC)

Poll Tracker

Get the latest projections from our Poll Tracker, which aggregates all publicly available polling data to give poll averages, seat estimates and probabilities of winning.

You can also hear the latest polls using your smart speaker. Here's how to make it work.

Swing ridings

We've identified 60 ridings across the country that tell the story of where the election will be won and lost.

From Victoria to St. John's East, a look at the 60 different ridings that will tell the story of the campaign ahead. (Skodt McNalty/CBC)

Vote Compass

See how your views align with the parties on the issues of this election.

Fact check

A lot of claims are made during an election but not all of them are true. We're taking a closer look at what parties are saying, complaining and tweeting about — and if there's any truth to it.

'Fake news'

This election, more than ever, will be plagued by misinformation and disinformation, pushed by partisans, bots and even parties. We've got a team investigating this and any attempts to disrupt the election.

Debate nights

The leader's debate in English was held Oct. 7. You can watch the entire event on CBC Gem here or check out our top moments from the debate here.

The French debate was on Oct. 10. You can watch the entire event on CBC Gem here and read about the highlights.

Six party leaders will take part in one English and one French debate hosted by the Canadian Debate Production Partnership. The leaders are Elizabeth May (Green Party), Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Justin Trudeau (Liberal), Andrew Scheer (Conservative), Yves-François Blanchet (Bloc Québécois) and Maxime Bernier (People's Party of Canada). (Canadian Debate Production Partnership)

Political podcasts

For those who prefer to listen, we've got a plethora of political podcasts to guide you through each party's campaign. 

  • Party Lines, a political primer for the everyday citizen with Rosemary Barton and Elamin Abdelmahmoud. Every Thursday.
  • The Pollcast, a deep dive into the polls and historical trends with Éric Grenier. Every Thursday.
  • The House offers analysis on the week's happenings and interviews with big political newsmakers, hosted by Chris Hall. Every Sunday.
  • And Front Burner, CBC News' daily podcast, will devote specific episodes to political coverage with CBC journalists and host Jayme Poisson. Daily.

Election newsletter

Get the most up-to-date election news in our daily election newsletter, produced by the politics bureau in Ottawa. You can add your email below.

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