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Women in Managerial Positions


Proportion of women in managerial positions based on the total labour force population aged 15 years and over by National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Why This Matters

Women make up just over half of the Canadian population, yet continue to be underrepresented in political and professional leadership positions. When more women take on leadership roles, they become role models to girls and other women. More women leaders will also influence high-level decision-making that will pave the way toward gender equality.

Measurement and Limitations

National Occupational Classification (NOC) refers to the kind of work performed by persons aged 15 years and over as determined by their kind of work and the description of the main activities in their job. The occupation data are produced according to the NOC 2016. This indicator tracks the 0- management occupations category.

In Peterborough (CMA), 42.72% of all managerial positions were held by woman in 2016, compared to 38.9% provincially and 37.86% nationally. It is up 5.90% from 2001 (36.82%).

Data Source

Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of the Population

Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey

Statistics Canada, 2006 Census of the Population

Statistics Canada, 2001 Census of the Population

Last update: May 2019. Data updated each census cycle (5 years).


Canadian Women’s Foundation – The Facts About Women and Leadership in Canada. Retrieved from


Women in Managerial Positions in the Sustainable Development Goals

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5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

Related Women in Managerial Positions Targets


Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate