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Ryerson Women in the House

NEW Pilot Program – Fall 2018

Welcome to the Women in the House Program at Ryerson University!

Would you like a first-hand opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament and find out what it’s like to be a politician in Canada?

If yes, then this new initiative is for you! This program will provide Arts students who identify as female with the opportunity to travel to Ottawa this Nov. 5th – 6th where you will shadow an MP, tour key political sites, and network with politicians, professors, and other students.

Why does this matter?

Women remain chronically underrepresented in Canadian politics. Although they comprise over half of Canada's population, they occupy only 27% of the seats in the House of Commons. Internationally, this places Canada just 60th in the world for its percentage of women elected to federal office. Many other countries have higher percentages of women in their national legislatures, including Peru, the United Kingdom, Mozambique, Bolivia, Afghanistan and Rwanda. This needs to change and this program is designed to help solve this problem!

This program is sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Politics and Public Administration.

How to Apply

The program is open to all upper-level Undergraduate (enrolled in your 3rd year or higher & with a GPA of 3.0 or higher) OR Masters-level students registered in a Faculty of Arts program, and who identify as female. The program is non-partisan, and students from all backgrounds, including racialized minorities, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ students are encouraged to apply. No previous political experience is required -- all you need is a curiosity about and a passion for Canadian politics! Please note that there is a $50.00 administrative fee for all successful applicants (financial need waivers will be made available).

Application deadline: October 5, 5 p.m.

Please note that acceptance into the program is limited and is based on submission of a completed application on or before the deadline and fulfillment of all requirements (where applicable). Toronto/Ottawa travel will be by Via Rail train and accommodations will be based on double-occupancy for one night in Ottawa. If you will require accessibility accommodations please inform us as early as possible once you have been accepted into the program.

Final acceptance into the program will be conditional on your attendance at a mandatory, 2 hour pre-registration session on campus during the last week of October. We will do our best to notify all applicants by October 26th of their acceptance into the program. If you have any questions about the program please email:

INFORMATION SESSION: Monday, September 17   I   1 - 2 p.m.   I   JOR 1402

Prof. Tracey Raney: or
Prof. Peggy Nash:

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