British Columbia Votes: Women's Representation Remains Stagnant, NDP Achieves Nearly 50% Women's Representation

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Equal Voice was pleased to see a potential record number of women elected* to the British Columbia Legislature. However, the increase was marginal with 35 women now set to take their seats in the legislature, compared to 34 following the 2017 election. This represents an increase of one woman, and just over 1%, and is a reminder of the slow and incremental nature of progress we have seen for women’s representation in politics across Canada.

However, the NDP successfully elected a caucus where women represent just under half of their elected members, with a stellar 49% of their successful candidates identifying as women. The BC NDP can now be recognized as the governing party caucus to come closest to 50% gender-balance following a general election in Canada. The Alberta NDP previously held this distinction following the 2015 election, with 47% of their caucus identifying as women.

Congratulations to the BC NDP for having nominated such a diverse slate of candidates – and for seeing this translate into results. We look forward to seeing parity in action, and an NDP gender-balanced cabinet.

Equal Voice congratulates all those who put their name on the ballot, and looks forward to working with the newly elected, and returning, members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia!

A full breakdown of the unofficial* results can be found below.


Women Elected:

2020: 35 (40%)

2017: 34 (39%)



2020: 109/266 (41%) of candidates were women. **

**Calculation made using numbers from NDP, LP, GP, and CP only. 


New Democratic Party

Elected 2020: 27/55 (49%)

Elected 2017: 19/41 (46%)

2020 Candidates: 46/87 (53%)


BC Liberals

Elected 2020: 7/29 (24%)

Elected 2017: 14/43 (32.5%)

2020 Candidates: 28/87 (32%)


Green Party

Elected 2020: 1/3 (33%)

Elected 2017: 1/3 (33%)

2020 Candidates: 30/74 (43%)


*At the time of publication, up to 11 ridings were still too close to declare, and a record number of mail-in ballots had yet to be counted. EV calculated these preliminary results based on candidates leading in undeclared ridings, and following publicly available data indicating declared candidates by riding. Data will be updated when official results become available.

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