News and Events

MMP: An opportunity to increase women’s participation in governmentOp-ed for the Guardian
Apr 23 2019
Over the past 15 years, the Coalition has consistently advocated for a proportional electoral system, not because it benefits or disadvantages some parties over others, but because research shows that it tends to elect more women.
One-third of Party Candidates are Women Media Release
Apr 12 2019
Nominations for the 2015 provincial election are now closed and the PEI Coalition for Women in Government has confirmed that both the number and percentage of women candidates has increased over 2015 totals.
Name Recognition MattersLetter to the Editor
Apr 12 2019
Name recognition can be a challenge for women running in politics, particularly when they are running against an incumbent, who has had four or more years to become a household name in their district.
Leaders' Forum on Women's Issues Save the Date: April 11, 10:00 am -12:00 noon
Mar 29 2019
The PEI Coalition for Women in Government and Holland College Student Union are pleased to host the second PEI Leaders’ Forum on Women’s Issues on Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm in the Florence Simmons Performance Hall.
Coalition LeveeSave the Date
Dec 22 2018
Join the PEI Coalition for Women in Government for their Annual New Year's Levee on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019, from 4:00-6:00 pm at Upstreet Brewery.
Percentage of Women Elected to PEI Municipal Councils IncreasesMedia Release
Nov 06 2018
Despite an increase in the number of women elected to municipal councils yesterday the percentage remains well below parity.

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PEI in 2019

  • 0% of MPs in PEI are women
  • 18.5% of MLAs are women
  • 25% of PEI Senators are women
  • 32% of municipal councillors are women
  • 75% of Lennox Island Band Council members are women (no women are currently members of Abegweit First Nations Band Council)

How Does PEI Compare?

Percentage of women in provincial, territorial and national legislatures (2019):

Rank Jurisdiction % of Women in Legislature
1 Ontario  39.5%
2 British Columbia 39%
3 Yukon 37%
4 Nova Scotia  33.3%
5 Quebec  30.4%
6 Alberta  30%
7 Saskatchewan 26.2%
  CANADA 26%
8 Newfoundland and Labrador 25%
9 Manitoba 24.5%
10 New Brunswick 22%
11 Prince Edward Island 18.5%
12 Northwest Territories 10.5%
13 Nunavut 9%
Organize to Lead: A Political Guidebook for PEI

Organize to Lead: A Political Guidebook is a resource for women interested in elected office. 


2019 PEI General Election: Women Candidates