The online National Campaign School is designed to equip women with the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to run for political office in Canada. The school consists of 8 online sessions including a mix of group exercises, guest speakers, and networking opportunities. Each course is approximately an hour and a half (90 minutes) for a total of 12 hours of learning over 4 weeks. Participants will receive a comprehensive workbook to guide them through the courses and a certificate of participation upon completion.
- Graduates join the Equal Voice Alumni network;
- Gain knowledge on how to get nominated, build your team, and run a campaign;
- New connections across party lines and access to advice from elected officials;
- Improved leadership, management, and communication skills;
"The Equal Voice Campaign School is a great launchpad for women thinking about running for office! They cover a huge breadth of topics and engage with a fantastic group of speakers including those who have successfully run for office. Learning about the path other women have taken, and their reasons for entering politics, was an invaluable experience." - 2020 Participant
Dates and Times: Every Tuesday and Thursday evening for 4 weeks. Classes run from 7:00pm EST - 8:30pm EST (4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT / 8:00pm - 9:30pm ADT)
Spring 2021: June 1,3,8,10,15,17,22,24
Fall 2021: September 7,9,14,16,21,23,28,30
Cost: $249/person (including taxes)
Bursaries / Funding your participation:
Most participants self-fund their participation in the campaign school. In the past, participants have also been funded by their local riding association or political party. There are also limited bursaries available:
- CIBC Bursaries for Indigenous women. Funded by CIBC – up to 3 available per campaign school.
- CIBC Bursaries for women living with disabilities are available. Funded by CIBC – up to 3 available per campaign school.
- Equal Voice Bursaries, available to all women and gender diverse people, based on financial need. The number of bursaries available depends on donations to the Bursary Fund – see below.
Please contact [email protected] to obtain more information on bursaries.
Registration: (click on links to register)
SPRING National Campaign School
*REGISTRATION FOR OUR SPRING and FALL COHORTS WILL BE LIMITED to 30 to enable meaningful interaction. Please contact [email protected] to be added to the list and/or the waitlist for future online learning opportunities.
Please note: Sessions will be taking place online using Zoom and in English only. To participate, you will require access to the internet, a microphone, and a web camera.
Closed-captioning will be available.
1. Know Your Story
Explore the reasons behind your decision to get involved, develop your personal story, define who you are as a candidate. Learn how to communicate your story with others and articulate your views.
2. Building Blocks
Develop your strategy to get civically active and politically engaged, and become better known in your community ahead of your campaign. Learn about the many ways you can get started!
3. Getting Prepared
Hear from experts on what you need to do behind the scenes to get ready for a life in the public eye. Learn about effective campaign strategies at different levels of government.
4. Raising Your Profile: Voters
Develop a communications plan to increase your presence both online and in-person. Learn strategies on how to build your network, canvassing, and engaging in community conversations.
5. Raising Your Profile: Media
Media training will provide some guidelines and practice to prepare you for the media interviews coming your way!
6. The Good and the Bad
Hear from experienced politicians on the barriers you may face from the public, from colleagues, and from the system, and strategies to overcome them.
7. Mobilizing a Team
Overview of the key positions needed for a successful campaign. Learn about the role of a campaign manager, skills to look for, and tips on how to recruit and manage volunteers and staff.
8. Financing and Fundraising
Answer your questions about how much money you will need, the rules around campaign financing, and practice the 'ask'.
*Courses are subject to change with advance notice to participants.
Not interested in attending, but want to support a participant gain the skills and knowledge needed to run for office?
Equal Voice invites you to sponsor a campaign school participant by making a donation in support of the BURSARY FUND for National Campaign School.
By making contributions to the Bursary Fund for National Campaign School, donors can make a real difference in the lives of participants across Canada who are ready to pursue a career in politics but are financially restricted to participate in this training.
To sponsor a participant select "Bursary Fund for National Campaign School" in the drop down menu available of our Donate Page.
For more information, please contact us at: [email protected]
Equal Voice is proud to partner with Johnson & Johnson, Family of Companies in Canada and CIBC as sponsors of our National Campaign School.