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April 10, 2012
Toronto Regional Champion Campaign to help increase women’s presence in local politics
The City of Toronto's 15 women councillors launched the third Toronto Regional Champion Campaign today to help boost women’s participation in local government. The campaign will match 30 young women with the City’s women councillors for 12 months in order to enhance the young women's commitment to, and participation in, City government, and to provide them with hands-on experience in the office of a municipal elected official.

"I am very excited by the continued interest in this program from young women across the city and the ongoing commitment from my Council colleagues to share their insight and experiences," said Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), Chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Committee on Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Government. "This innovative approach of matching young women with women councillors will help nurture our future municipal leaders."

The campaign is a result of a national initiative spearheaded by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to boost women’s presence in governance. The 30 young women participating in this project have varied backgrounds, credentials and ambitions, and have become interested in local politics through their educational studies and volunteer positions.

"Toronto's previous program campaigns have proved so successful that FCM is piloting similar programs in Edmonton, Alberta, Quebec City, Quebec, Thompson, Manitoba, and Wainfleet, Ontario," said Edmonton Councillor Karen Leibovici, first vice-president of FCM. "FCM has partnered with Status of Women Canada to inspire young women across the country and make a meaningful contribution in increasing women's participation in government."

FCM statistics show that Canada's international ranking for women in national parliaments is at 40 out of 190 countries. At the municipal level of government, Canada has 5,774 women out of 24,248 mayors and councillors - just 24 per cent. More statistics are posted to the Toronto Regional Champions Campaign web page at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Winnie Falkenstein
Office of Equity, Diversity & Human Rights

David Clark
Strategic Communications

Glenn Gustafson
Executive Assistant to Councillor Pam McConnell



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