All Canadians of Estonian heritage are encouraged to participate and vote in the 2020 Estonian Central Council elections. EKN represents and advocates on behalf of the approximately 40,000 Canadians of Estonian heritage in Canada. Data collected here will not be shared with ANY third party and will only be used by the Estonian Central Council in Canada to communicate about elections and from time to time, about important issues affecting Canadians of Estonian heritage.
October 23, 2019
TORONTO - Candidate nominations for the 2020 Estonian Central Council in Canada national elections are now open with forms available online here!
The Estonian Central Council in Canada represents and advocates for the interests of all Canadians of Estonian heritage in Canada and beyond. The Council is elected every four years in national elections. This year’s election will be held over a one month period between January 21, 2020 - February 24, 2020 both online, and in polling locations in major cities across Canada.
The Estonian Central Council encourages all community members to consider serving our community as a representative on the council, and to lend your voice and ideas to advocate for our community and its volunteer organizations.
EKN has a strong and respected voice in Ottawa, in our provincial capitals and cities across Canada. With the strong partnerships that have been developed with other global Estonian communities in USA, Sweden, Australia, The United Kingdom, Latvia and beyond, our community has more opportunities than ever before to help build and reinvigorate our global community, and to foster greater understanding and cooperation with the Estonian government and our compatriots around the world.
Working with our global partners, EKN was proud to lead the global Estonian community effort to establish the Estonian Government Committee for Global Estonian affairs - a historically and critically important new forum to discuss our community issues with the Estonian government.
The deadline to submit your candidate nomination form is January 14, 2020. Candidates are only required to demonstrate that they are of Estonian heritage, whether through a parent or grandparents.
Help serve your community by being a candidate for EKN in 2020!
Voters, who are at least 18 years of age as of January 2020 can register online here!
Candidate qualifications for EKN/ECC election
- Candidate qualifications for EKN/ECC election, based on current By-Laws and other official documents:
Minimum age 21 by Jan 5, 2020
- Has at least one parent who is Estonian, or is married to an Estonian, or has Estonian citizenship
- Agrees in writing to participate in volunteer work towards achieving the goals of EKN/ECC as specified in the By-laws and other official documents during the elected four year term
- Agrees to attend all Full Assembly meetings plus all Board meetings if appointed to the Board, with the understanding that unexcused missing of three meetings is grounds for dismissal and the member will be replaced. Participating at a meeting via Internet counts as attending the meeting
- Provides written or email nominations from three Estonians.
January 8, 2020
Toronto - The Estonian community in Canada joins the Ukrainian and Persian communities in Canada, and indeed all Canadians, in mourning the victims of Wednesday’s tragedy in Iran. “Our hearts and thoughts go out to the affected communities and the families of all the victims,” said Estonian Central Council in Canada President, Marcus Kolga.
December 30, 2019
Toronto - The Estonian Central Council in Canada and the Estonian community in Canada strongly condemn the vicious anti-semitic violence that took place in Monsey, New York during a local Chanukah celebration.
The rise of anti-semitism around the world is a very serious concern. The Estonian community in Canada stands with Canada’s Jewish community in condemning it and calls for greater action to combat it.