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Canada

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House of Commons

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Geoff Regan (Male)
Year of birth
1959

Secretary general

Secretary general
Charles Robert (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
10 July 2017 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
244
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
90
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
26.95% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Not available
See historical data for this field. Compare data of this field.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
76
Oldest member
Ray Boughen (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
225
Total per sex
Total of male
225
Total of female
72
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
14
31-40
28
41-45
30
46-50
46
51-60
94
61-70
73
71-80
12
81-90
0
91 and over
0
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 14 28 30 46 94 73 12 0 0
Total <= 45: 72 Total >= 46: 225
Male 0 4 20 27 36 72 57 9 0 0 225
Female 0 10 8 3 10 22 16 3 0 0 72
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger4.71%1.35%3.37%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger14.14%8.08%6.06%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger24.24%17.17%7.07%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Voluntary political party quotas.
Elections > Election results

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
1,792
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
536
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
29.91%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
536
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
29.91%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
250
Number of women elected
88
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
28.57%

New legislature

First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Geoff Regan (Male)
Political party
Liberal Party
Date of election
03.12.2015
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1917
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
Women who served in the military or who had a close male relative serving in the military (i.e. a father, husband or son) were granted the right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1918
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
All women except for Indians
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1950
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
Federal franchise extended to Indians (regardless of gender) under the condition that they waive the tax exemptions given to them by the Indian Act
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1960
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Universal adult male suffrage was not achieved federally until August 1960, with the unqualified extension of voting rights to all Indians under the Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act. It was not until 1969 (1940?), when Quebec became the last province to extend franchise rights to Indians, that provincial voting was secured.
Women’s right to stand for election
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1919
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Same conditions as men (age 21), only the House of Common
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1929
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
The right to stand for elections is extended to the Senate
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1950
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Indians granted right with same restriction (men and women)
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1960
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Right to stand for election without any restriction
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1921

Women Heads of State or Government

Woman Heads of State or Government
Not available
See historical data for this field.