Genuine democracy depends on representation.
In Canada, women make up less than a third of elected officials.
That’s a problem. Because women experience many aspects of life differently from men. From pay discrimination and periods to sexual objectification and harassment. These experiences inform our perspectives and priorities, our insights and ideas. We need to be equitably represented at the table.
And research makes clear: when women help make decisions, equality advances on all fronts: research is more reliable, health care outcomes improve, economies are more stable.
Here's what Canadians are saying about gender parity in politics, according to a recent Abacus study:
66% of Canadians are concerned, disappointed, surprised or angry to learn Canada ranks 61st.
84% believe balance of power among men and women better represents constituents and is good for the economy.
A majority also believe that political parties or governments bear most responsibility for achieving gender parity in politics.
Dozens of other countries are already taking meaningful action to increase women’s presence in politics.
We haven’t made adding more women’s voices to parliament a priority.
Canada elected its first woman
Member of Parliament a century ago.
We ranked 27th in the world for women’s representation in parliament in 2000.
Now Canada is 62nd – because other countries have recognized the cost of not ensuring that women have an equal say and have done something about it.
In the past two decades, women’s representation in Canada’s Parliament has 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.