Municipal Elections in Canada: a guide for women candidates

Wise Practice

Thinking about running for municipal office? This guide provides tips and tools for campaigning and beyond.


At present, 22 per cent of all Canadian municipal politicians are women. The goal of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is to see women make up 30 per cent of local government councils by 2026.


Ongoing measurement of municipal elections will support evaluation of progress over time.

About / Lessons Learned

Municipal government is the level of government that is closest to the people. As a result, municipal government can help promote grassroots change. FCM believes change should include increasing the number of women on municipal councils in Canada, where they are currently under-represented. Why should women enter municipal politics? With women at the table, their issues are more likely to be included in all political discussions. Women also take a different approach to the process and to policy content. This often results in more inclusive discussions around the council table. The presence of women also helps to ensure political behaviour that is more constructive and less adversarial. The more women we have with political experience, the more opportunities there are for women through all levels of government.



Ottawa, Canada

Level of government:


In place?

Yes (Toolkit)

Tools & References:


The website is developed and administered by the Women Transforming Cities International Society.

Copyright * Women Friendly Cities Challenge February 2018, All rights reserved. 

Contact us:

About WFCC

Wise Practice Library

Get Involved 

Last update: August 2020

This site was designed with the
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now