Scroll through the categories below to learn more about our Goverance-related Programs & Initiatives.
A summary of AUMA’s advocacy on the legalization of cannabis for recreational use is shown in the table below:
Federal/Provincial Government Activity
Federal consultation on legalizing cannabis
The Cannabis Act came into force on October 17, 2018. Provinces and territories are responsible for determining how cannabis is distributed and sold within their jurisdictions.
They set rules around:
Provinces and territories also have the flexibility to set added restrictions, including:
Trainings and campaigns may be seasonal and active only for the duration of an election preparation period. The tools listed here are online resources available anytime of the elections cycle:
Developed by Equal Voice and funded by Status of Women Canada, this extensive online course aims to increase the number of elected women by providing practical tools for women of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life interested in running for public office.
Women who overcame the barriers to become elected representatives in all levels of government share their experiences and thoughts – and may inspire more women to run for office:
Encouraging & Supporting Women in the Municipal Election video series
AUMA interviewed 3 Albertan female elected officers to get their thoughts and ideas on the role of women in municipal politics and things to consider when running for office:
In response to the unbalanced representation of women in elected public office, and acknowledging the relevance of gender balance and the diversity of perspectives it brings, several initiatives were created in Canada and worldwide.
AUMA has been working and continues to work to increase women’s participation in Alberta’s local governments.
Highlights of Past Work: Women in Municipal Government
In 2009, members adopted a resolution sponsored by the Board that AUMA urge the Government of Alberta to support the goal of increasing women’s participation in municipal government through provincial policy and program decisions, as well as urging them to adopt strategies to achieve a goal of increasing women’s participation in provincial government.
Increasing the number of women in office can bring massive changes to a community. Above all, strengthening their presence in local politics is inherently a democratic issue. In a democratic system, politicians are entrusted to make decisions as representatives of their voters’ values and needs. In Canada, we deem it important to have appropriate geographic representation in our governments as we understand that geography can define our concerns.
For the past three elections there has been small additions in the number of female candidates and elected officials for municipal public offices.
Running for Public Office
In Alberta municipalities, more women have been running for office every passing election, with a two percentage point increase per election: