Genuine democracy depends on representation.
In Canada, women make up less than a third of elected officials.
70% of our current politicians will never experience periods or pregnancy, childbirth or pay discrimination, or sexual objectification, harassment or assault.
We can’t expect them to prioritize issues that don’t affect them.
But we do expect an equal number of seats at the table.
Dozens of other countries are already taking meaningful action to increase women’s presence in politics.
We haven't made women’s voices
Canada elected its first MP a century ago.
We ranked 27th in the world for women’s representation in parliament in 2000.
Now we’re 60th – because other countries have recognized the cost of not ensuring women have an equal say, and done something about it.
In the past two decades, we’ve moved up from 20% to 30%. At this rate, we’ll be lucky to reach parity by 2062.
Political parties have the power
to fix the gender gap
Some have already prioritized recruiting qualified women as candidates.
Hover over each province or territory to see how they measure up.