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1917 - Limited role to vote for women in Federal and Provincial elections. (Women must be British subjects and have relatives in the armed forces)

In 1917, Parliament passed the Wartime Elections Act. The federal vote was extended to women in the armed forces, and to female relatives of military men, while disenfranchising citizens of "enemy alien" birth.


Feminist Constance Hamilton, along with a number of Toronto members of the National Equal Franchise Union, created the Woman’s Party. The organization was established to continue the fight for women’s rights after the battle for suffrage concluded. Its reform advocacy included equal pay for equal work and equal parental rights.


Status Indians could not vote.

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Canadian Encyclopedia - Interactive timeline of Women's suffrage across the following timelines:

  • National

  • Indigenous Peoples

  • British Columbia

  • Praries

  • Ontario

  • Quebec

  • Atlantic

  • Asian Canadians

  • Black Canadians


Soon after, in 1921 - Agnes MacPhail became the first woman elected to Federal Parliament, as women were allowed to hold office.

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