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May 6, 2010
Increasing women’s participation in City finances and governance
Toronto Budget Chief Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33 Don Valley East) and Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) are hosting an evening budgeting seminar for women, including participants in the Toronto Regional Champion Campaign, on Thursday, May 6. The campaign teams up young women interested in politics and municipal activism with the City’s 10 women councillors to gain hands-on experience regarding the role of city councillors.

“Budgeting experience is a vital skill in managing the City as a corporation,” said Toronto Mayor David Miller. “This seminar developed especially for women and our young protégées provides them with the knowledge and skills they need as future leaders of the City Council.”

Most of the 16 young women protégées are university and college students in Toronto, and they have a broad range of personal backgrounds, perspectives and ambitions. They are Canadians from diverse communities, and many can speak languages in addition to English.

“As Budget Chief for the City of Toronto, I have worked to ensure that our operating and capital budgets reflect the City’s strategies for long-term growth and prosperity and to put Toronto on a path of fiscal sustainability,” said Councillor Carroll. “I look forward to a spirited discussion of these strategies with all of our participants.”

“I am very pleased with the young protégées progress in our campaign this year and am very impressed with their enthusiasm, their commitment and their wealth of experience in serving the people of Toronto in numerous capacities,” said Councillor Pam McConnell, Chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Committee on Women's Participation. “Toronto continues to take a leadership role in encouraging more women to participate in municipal government.”

The Toronto Regional Champion Campaign is a result of a nation-wide call by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to increase the number of women in elected office. Canadian municipalities require at least 2,000 more women in elected office in order to have a minimum of 30 per cent representation on municipal councils for an effective voice. The United Nations defines 30 per cent female representation as the minimum required for policy to reflect women’s concerns.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Cassandra Fernandes, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, 416-392-3834,
Anne McLaughlin, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5707,



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