Survey: What is the best and worst city in Canada to be a woman?

October 13, 2016

By CTV News |

Once again, Victoria has been named the best city in Canada to be a woman, while the country’s three biggest cities — Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver — earned middling grades from an annual report on gender equality in 25 urban centres.

The report, authored by Kate McInturff, a senior researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, offers a glimpse into the gaps between men and women from a variety of factors, including economic security, personal security, education, health and how many women hold leadership pos¬itions in business and politics.

The research took into account 25 cities across Canada that represent 67 per cent of the country’s population.

Here’s how they stacked up:
1. Victoria
Victoria earned the top spot for having the smallest employment gap between men and women. However, the report notes that one of the reasons for this is that men in Victoria have lower employment rates than average.
B.C.’s capital also earned high grades for having a female mayor and for being one of the few Canadian cities with more women than men on its council.

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