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Women achieved provincial suffrage in Manitoba (January 1916), Saskatchewan (March 1916), Alberta (April 1916), British Columbia (April 1917), and Ontario (April 1917). It was only a matter of time before the federal franchise followed—and it did, for some women, in 1917.

Group of women voters, Edmonton, Alberta, 1920 On September 20, 1917, under the Wartime Elections Act, women in the armed forces or with military relatives were given the right to vote, while citizens of "enemy alien" birth were disenfranchised.

Between the time that women with military connections got the vote and May 24, 1918, when the Canada Elections Act gave all women over 21 the federal vote, women got the provincial vote in Nova Scotia (April 1918). A year later, women in New Brunswick were granted the provincial franchise.

Women in Prince Edward Island had to wait until May 3, 1922 before they were able to vote in provincial elections, and women in Newfoundland did not have that right until April 13, 1925.

Amazingly, women in Quebec had to wait until after the start of the Second World War to be granted the provincial vote, finally having that right acknowledged in 1940.

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