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Five municipalities to participate in FCM’s Diverse Voices for Change Initiative (08/03/2016)

To mark International Women’s Day, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is pleased to announce that five municipalities across Canada will participate in its Diverse Voices for Change initiative. The goal of the program is to increase the number of women across diverse communities who participate in local government.

FCM is committed to increasing the proportion of women in local government to 30 per cent by 2026 and to provide more opportunities and greater visibility to women from under-represented groups such as aboriginal communities and immigrants.

“Local government has to be inclusive of women from diverse communities and FCM is working hard to achieve this important goal” said Raymond Louie, FCM President. “FCM is bringing together municipal leaders and community organizations to ensure that local government truly represents all Canadians.”

The municipalities chosen to participate in FCM’s Diverse Voices for Change initiative are:

  • The City of Edmonton
  • The City of London
  • The City of Montréal
  • The Municipality of Sioux Lookout
  • Halifax Regional Municipality

The participating communities offer a great portrait of Canada in representing all regions and municipalities of all sizes. They also share a willingness to commit to increasing women's participation, specifically aiming to include the voices of under-represented women.

As part of the program, participating municipalities will work with community organizations to implement strategies, recommendations, policies and procedures to strengthen the voice of women from diverse communities in local decision making and leadership. FCM will provide resources and funding support to elected officials to engage with urban Indigenous, racialized and immigrant women to develop a more inclusive and representative system.

"Our government is proud to partner with FCM to deliver meaningful change and to ensure that the number of women engaged in local government continues to expand,” said the Hon. Patricia Hajdu, Federal Minister for the Status of Women. “Increasing the representation of women, and especially those in underrepresented communities, is a priority of this government. We look forward to seeing the impact of this program in selected communities, and the entire municipal sector in the future.”

Local governments play an essential role in helping women contribute to local economic development and participate as equals in their community. Find out how FCM and its partners work to promote gender equality in local government at home and abroad.

Page Updated: 08/03/2016