Depending on which part of Canada a woman lives, she could be a whole lot richer and even healthier than if she lived somewhere else.
Or at least, that’s what the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is arguing in a brand new report. The research institute recently set out to find where the very best (and worst) cities are for women. What they found was that levels of education, economic security, health, leadership and personal security varied pretty widely from area to area. Check it out:
These are the 10 best Canadian cities for women to live in
10. Oshawa, OntarioOshawa comes closer than any other city on this list to closing the gender gap in senior management positions, with women taking up 44 per cent of them. At the same time, rates of sexual assault reported to police are higher than average, with police recording 374 of them in 2012 alone. Getty
9. MontrealWhile women's full-time employment rates are a lot lower than men's, the wage gap in Montreal is narrowing with women earning 77 per cent of what men do. Women also make up 35 per cent of senior managers in the city and 31 per cent of elected officials. Getty
8. Barrie, Ont.Women in Barrie are much more likely to hold college degrees than those living in other parts of the country. The wage gap though, strangely, is larger than Canada's average, with women earning only 62 cents for every dollar a man makes. Those diplomas aren't paying off, apparently. The Canadian Press
7. VancouverLife expectancy in Vancouver is higher than all of the other cities on this list, with women expected to live for a whopping 86 years on average (81 for men). Rates of cervical cancer screening are also above average here, while women remain more likely to have a post-secondary education.Getty
6. London, Ont.London is one of the only cities on this list where men's poverty rates exceed those of women. The gap in employment levels is smaller than the national average, but women still earn only 67 to 77 per cent of what a man makes.Flickr/vision chen
5. HalifaxWomen usually have a higher life expectancy than men in most parts of the country, but in Halifax, the gap gets even larger. The average woman lives to be 83 while men only make it to about 78; rates of screening for cervical cancer are also above average.
4. Abbotsford-Mission, BCRates of reported sexual assault and intimate partner violence are well below average in both Abbotsford and Mission, making them two of the safest cities for a woman to live. The two municipalities also come close to gender parity within their city councils, but those numbers decline once you start to look at women working outside of the political field. Getty
3. Quebec CityIn Quebec City and its outlying regional municipalities, women make up one in three elected officials. They're also slightly more likely to rate their health as "very good" or "excellent" than men. However, rates of intimate partner violence reported in this city were slightly higher than average. Getty
2. Gatineau, QuebecWomen in Gatineau see the smallest pay gap of anyone in the country, earning 87 cents for every dollar a man makes (still not equal, mind you). The city has also seen an increase in women taking top-tier senior management positions. Employment and wage rates are also higher in this city than the national average.Wikimedia
1. VictoriaVictoria is the only city on this list where women outnumber men among elected officials. Women in the city also come the closest to having the same level of employment as men, trailing them by only three per cent. In addition, public sector jobs are heavily unionized, ensuring a robust wage-setting process. Getty