Elections are vital: they allow the public to express preferences and hold those elected accountable for their actions. The Consortium on Electoral Democracy/Consortium de la démocratie électorale (C-Dem) is reimagining election research in Canada by developing a pioneering consortium model for researchers, electoral management boards, policy makers, and civil society organizations to build upon mutual interests and pool resources and knowledge to investigate the health of democracy across the country and over time. C-Dem is a dynamic research network across Canada that addresses urgent questions about political engagement, underrepresentation, levels of government, the evolution of public opinion between and across elections, and data collection practices with an evidence-based, cooperative approach to studying electoral democracy, during federal elections as well as subnationally and between elections.