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From advocating on evolving legislation to well-managed boards, we take a structured and strategic approach to change.

​Scroll through the categories below to learn more about our Goverance-related Programs & Initiatives. 

Jurisdiction and the Role of Municipalities

The Cannabis Act came into force on October 17, 2018. Provinces and territories are responsible for determining how cannabis is distributed and sold within their jurisdictions.

They set rules around:

  • how cannabis can be sold;
  • where stores may be located;
  • how stores must be operated; and
  • who is allowed to sell cannabis.

Provinces and territories also have the flexibility to set added restrictions, including:

Tools for women interested in running for public office

Trainings and campaigns may be seasonal and active only for the duration of an election preparation period. The tools listed here are online resources available anytime of the elections cycle:

Getting to the Gate Online Campaign School

Developed by Equal Voice and funded by Status of Women Canada, this extensive online course aims to increase the number of elected women by providing practical tools for women of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life interested in running for public office.

What elected women have to say about their experience in public office

Women who overcame the barriers to become elected representatives in all levels of government share their experiences and thoughts  with the intent of inspiring more women to run for office:

Encouraging & Supporting Women in the Municipal Election video series

AUMA interviewed 3  female Alberta elected officials to get their thoughts and ideas on the role of women in municipal politics and things to consider when running for office:


In response to the unbalanced representation of women in  public office, and acknowledging the relevance of gender balance and the diversity of perspectives  increased representation brings, several initiatives were created in Canada and worldwide.

Why does gender distribution matter?

Increasing the number of women in public office can result in valuable changes in a community. Above all, strengthening the presence of women in local politics is inherently a democratic issue. In a democratic system, politicians are entrusted to make decisions as representatives of their voters’ values and needs. In Canada, we deem it important to have appropriate geographic representation in our governments, as we understand that geography can define our concerns.

A comparison amongst federal, provincial and municipal levels

For elections held between 2008 to 2017, a steady increase in the percentage of female elected officials was seen in all levels of government, with the provincial level leading this rise:

Gender distribution in the Parliament of Canada, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and Alberta City Halls has been slowly changing, with more women being elected for public office in all levels of government:

The gender gap in political representation

Although they comprise over 50 percent of the population, women continue to be under-represented in public office at all levels of government throughout the world. Internationally, at the federal level they account for 23 percent of parliamentarians and only six percent of the heads of governments. International statistics on the representation of women in local governments is not available, but it is estimated that 20 percent of councillors and five percent of mayors worldwide are female, a proportion similar to the one seen at the federal level.


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