Breaking down barriers: Building parity on council
Women make up half of Canada’s population, but represent less than 30 percent of municipal elected officials.

FCM’s Toward Parity in Municipal Politics initiative is working to change that. Join us to hear about the initiative’s national action plan—developed from consultations across the country—to encourage more women to run and stay in municipal office. You’ll explore concrete actions you can take and learn from two initiatives that are building better diversity on local councils.


  • Stephanie Hoey, Project Manager, Toward Parity, FCM 
  • Taneen Rudyk, Councillor, Town of Vegreville, AB 
  • Maude Laberge, President, Women and Governance Commission, Union des Municipalités du Québec
  • Chantale Lavoie, Préfète élue de la MRC de la Matapédia, representing the Fédération québecoise des municipalités
2019 Federation of Canadian Municipalities