Through the Gender Results Framework, the federal government is making measurable progress towards Canada’s gender equality goals. On this page, you will find the gender equality goal for leadership and democratic participation, why this goal matters, its objectives and indicators, as well as the key Government of Canada initiatives in this area.


Gender equality in leadership roles and at all levels of decision-making.

Why this goal matters

A more balanced distribution of men and women at all levels of decision-making is essential to a fair and democratic society. It also leads to better decision-making. Gender equality and diversity in positions of leadership are also associated with better management, increased availability of skilled employees, stronger employee engagement and higher productivity.

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Objectives and indicators

More women in senior management positions, and more diversity in senior leadership positions

3.1.1 Proportion of employees in management positions who are women, by management level

Increased opportunities for women to start and grow their businesses, and succeed on a global scale

3.2.1 Proportion of businesses majority-owned by women, by business size (table 1 and table 2)

More company board seats held by women, and more diversity on company boards

3.3.1 Proportion of board members who are women, by type of board

Greater representation of women and underrepresented groups in elected office and ministerial positions in national and sub-national governments

  • 3.4.1 Proportion of seats held by women in national Parliament
  • 3.4.2 Proportion of seats held by women in local governments (provincial, territorial, municipal, First Nations Band Councils)
  • 3.4.3 Proportion of ministerial positions held by women in federal-provincial-territorial governments and Chiefs in First Nations communities who are women

Increased representation of women and underrepresented groups as administrators of the justice system

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