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Tuesday 19th April 2016 13:08
More Women on Boards – What Will it Take?
The PEI Coalition for Women in Government will hold community focus groups across Prince Edward Island during the month of May on the topic of women's participation on a variety of boards including, school boards, credit union boards, community-based boards, governmental boards etc.
Wednesday 9th December 2015 08:58
New Year's Levee
The PEI Coalition for Women in Government will hold its annual New Year's Levee drop-in on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016. Help us toast a new year of opportunity for advancing women's leadership opportunities in PEI. Refreshments will be served.
Thursday 29th October 2015 13:12
A Formal Presentation to Legislative Assembly of PEI
The PEI Coalition for Women in Government recognizes Proportional Representation as a best practice for electing women. As a result, we are a member of the Coalition for Proportional Representation established earlier this year and will echo their recommendations.
Tuesday 6th October 2015 08:10
Percentage of Women Candidates Remains Stagnant
Nominations for the 2015 federal election are now complete and the PEI Coalition for Women in Government has confirmed that 6 women are among the 17 candidates (or 35.3 per cent of candidates) running in PEI ridings. While this is a slight improvement over 2011 the number of women candidates remains low.
Friday 12th June 2015 10:57
New Tool Aims to Build Inclusive, Diverse Communities
Together with partners from municipalities, national organizations, and women's groups across Canada, the PEI Coalition for Women in Government and Town of Stratford today partnered with Ottawa's City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) to release a new national guide for city officials, managers, and staff.
Friday 22nd May 2015 08:23
Percentage of Women in PEI Cabinet Among Lowest in the Country
The current cabinet includes just one woman among nine cabinet positions (11%).
Wednesday 6th May 2015 06:54
Percentage of Women in PEI Legislature Down
The PEI Coalition for Women in Government disappointed to see a decrease in the number of women elected to the legislature.

PEI in 2015

  • 25% of MPs are women
  • 18.5% of MLAs are women
  • 50% of Lennox Island First Nation Band Council are women (no women are members of the Abegweit First Nations Band Council)
  • 33% of appointed senators are women

How Does PEI Compare?

Percentage of women in provincial, territorial and national legislatures (December 9, 2015):

Rank Jurisdiction % of Women in Legislature
1 British Columbia 36.4% (31/85)
2 Ontario 35.5% (38/107)
3 Alberta 33% (29/87)
4 Yukon 31.5% (6/19)
5 Manitoba 28% (16/57)
6 Nova Scotia 27.4% (14/51)
7 Province of Quebec 27% (34/127)
  CANADA 26% (88/388)
8 Newfoundland and Labrador 25% (10/40)
9 Saskatchewan 20.7% (12/58)
10 Prince Edward Island 18.5% (5/27)
11 New Brunswick 16.3% (8/49)
12 Nunavut 13.6% (3/22)
13 Northwest Territories 10.5% (2/19)
Average percentage of women elected across Canada (includes federal, provincial and territorial elections) 25%

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Latest Research

2012 Municipal Elections Gender Analysis