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Municipal Voter Rates
Location
2010
# of positions open for Election
# of positions ACCLAIMED
% acclaimed
# of female councillors
% female
Comments
Perth   42     7 17%  
Stratford 48% 11 0 0% 3 27%  
North Perth 39% 10 0 0% 1 10%  
Perth East 27% 7 1 14% 1 14% Mayor acclaimed
Perth South 45% 7   0% 2 29%  
St. Marys 56% 7   0% 1 14%  
West Perth 37% 11     2 18%  
Huron   70     12 17%  
Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh 43% 7 1 14% 1 14% election in Ashfield ward only for councillors. Reeve acclaimed
Bluewater 58% 10 0 0% 2 20%  
Central Huron 38% 8 0 0% 2 25%  
Goderich 42% 7 2 29% 3 43% Mayor and Deputy Mayor acclaimed
Howick 42% 5   0% 2 17%  
Huron East 37% 12   0% 2 0%  
Morris-Turnberry 54% 7   0% 0 0%  
North Huron 37% 7 1 14% 0 0% Reeve acclaimed
South Huron 57% 7 1 14% 0 0%  
Ontario 44%   195 14% 623 22%  

 

Data Source

Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO)

Patterns and Trends

Few women are elected for municipal council in Huron and Perth. In 2018, of 66 positions open for election, 15 female councilors were elected. In Perth, only seven women were elected to council seats out of 53 positions.

Although we don’t have data specifically from our area, a survey of Ontario municipal councilors and elected officials suggested that elected municipal officials are not representative of the population in several ways. Men are over-represented. In the survey, three-quarters of these officials were men, and 83% of those holding ‘head of council’ positions were males. Responding councillors are older than the population in general. The median age for councillors and mayors was 60 years of age, whereas the median age for the population of Ontario as a whole is 40. In fact 70% of the councillors and mayors responding to the survey were between the ages of 50 and 70 with only 9% falling between the ages of 18 and 40.

Despite being under represented on councils, women candidates were slightly more likely to be educated. While women running for council were successful 43% of the time, men were only won a seat 37% of the time. This may be a consequence of the fact that many more men run for office and many office seekers do not win.

 

Reference: Piper, L. (2015).Who are Ontario’s elected municipal leaders? A demographic profile and leadership analysis. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Guelph.

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