Women in corporate Canada: Who's at the top?

Release date: May 7, 2019
Women in corporate Canada: Who's at the top?
Description: Women in corporate Canada: Who's at the top?

Women in corporate Canada: Who's at the top?

The representation of women and men in leadership positions was measured for corporations conducting business in Canada in 2016.

Less than 1/5 of all leadership roles were held by women.

Percentage of leadership roles by sex
Leadership role Men Women
DirectorsFootnote 1 80.6% 19.4%
OfficersFootnote 2 80.8% 19.2%

Representation of women by country of control

The highest level of women representation among directors and officer was found in corporations operating in Canada, owned by Canada and France, respectively, while the lowest were found in corporations owned by Japan

Percentage of leadership positions held by women by country of control
Country of control Directors Officers
Canada 21.3% 19.9%
USA 15.5% 18.2%
United Kingdom 17.1% 17.1%
France 17.5% 21.4%
Germany 15.3% 13.6%
Japan 9.6% 11.6%

Representation of women by industries

The greatest share of women held leadership positions in the financial sector, while the lowest percentage held positions in the construction sector for directors and in the manufacturing sector for officers.

Percentage of leadership positions held by women by industry
Industries Directors Officers
Construction 12.8% 15.8%
Distribution trade 16.1% 14.4%
Energy 15.1% 14.2%
Finance 22.5% 22.3%
Management of companies & enterprises 20.1% 19.5%
Manufacturing 14.4% 14.0%
Utilities 21.4% 20.7%

Note to readers: The statistics presented cover the corporations that are publicly traded and privately held, as well as provincial and federal government business enterprises.

Sources: 2016 Corporations Returns Act.

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