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From advocating on evolving legislation to well-managed boards, we take a structured and strategic approach to change.

​Scroll through the categories below to learn more about our Goverance-related Programs & Initiatives. 

Jurisdiction and the Role of Municipalities

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:

  • how cannabis can be sold;
  • where stores may be located;
  • how stores must be operated; and
  • who is allowed to sell cannabis.

Provinces and territories also have the flexibility to set added restrictions, including:

Tools for women interested in running for public office

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:

Getting to the Gate Online Campaign School

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.

What elected women have to say about their experience in 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 Advocacy

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.

Why does it matter?

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.


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