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Fact Sheet: Women’s Participation in Local Government (07/03/2014)

  • While women make up over 52 per cent of the Canadian population, only 26 per cent of the country's elected municipal representatives are female.  Just 16 per cent of Canada's mayors are women.
  • Canada ranks 48 out of 189 countries for the number of women in politics. 
  • Through its programming, like the campaign schools and the Head Start for Young Women program, FCM aims to see 30 per cent representation of women by 2026, consistent with the United Nations definition of 30 per cent as the minimal percentage of women required for government to reflect women's concerns.
  • In British Columbia, 62 per cent of the participants in FCM campaign school workshops ran in the 2011 municipal elections and 55 per cent of those were elected, resulting in a 1 per cent increase in representation of women, at 33 per cent. 
  • In New Brunswick, 44 per cent of participants who attended FCM campaign school workshops ran in the 2011 municipal elections and 74 per cent of these candidates were elected, resulting in a 5 per cent  increase in representation of women at 31 per cent.

For more information on FCM's programs (including tools and resources) to increase women's participation in municipal government, visit:  www.fcm.ca/women

Page Updated: 05/10/2017