The Green Party of Canada (GPC) was founded in 1983 and fielded candidates for the first time in the 1984 federal election. Elizabeth May, the party’s leader from 2006 to 2019, became its first elected Member of Parliament in 2011, representing the Saanich-Gulf Islands electoral district. Two additional MPs, Paul Manly (Nanaimo-Ladysmith, BC) and Jenica Atwin (Fredericton, NB) were elected in 2019.
The GPC website includes vision documents, the Green Party’s Election Platform 2019, support for local electoral district associations (EDAs) and election campaigns, and a members-only section with material about party governance and much else.
A grassroots-based approach is used for development and approval of Green policy proposals that the GPC will work toward in parliament and use for election campaign platforms.
The GPC is governed by a Federal Council, which is elected from and by the national members.
The party’s head office is in Ottawa, staffed by a team of dedicated professionals under the direction of the Executive Director. Head office provides support to EDAs, Green Party election candidates and Members of Parliament across the country; organizes biennial conventions; supports development of GPC policies and campaign platforms; and, maintains the GPC website and other information platforms.