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Study ranks Canada's 25 biggest cities by gender gap

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On average, Canadian women bring home 20 per cent less than their male counterparts, have fewer leadership roles (both in commerce and politics) and are subject to high levels of violence and victimization. The gender gap is real.

A recent study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examined 25 of the country’s largest cities and then compared how men and women fare when it comes to education, economic security, health, leadership and personal security.

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According to the researchers, “This report is intended to provide an annual measure of the gaps that exist between men and women in communities across Canada. It is also a reminder that with the right choices and policies these gaps can be closed.”

So how does each city rank?

  1. Victoria
  2. Gatineau
  3. Quebec City
  4. Abbotsford-Mission
  5. Halifax
  6. London
  7. Vancouver
  8. Barrie
  9. Montreal
  10. Oshawa
  11. Ottawa
  12. Toronto
  13. Kelowna
  14. Regina
  15. St. John’s
  16. St. Catharines-Niagara
  17. Kingston
  18. Winnipeg
  19. Sherbrooke
  20. Hamilton
  21. Saskatoon
  22. Windsor
  23. Calgary
  24. Edmonton
  25. Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo

Researchers are hoping policy-makers will use this information to learn from one another and improve conditions for women across the country rather than use the results competitively, stating “it’s about identifying what works in one community and bringing it home to another — so that every city in Canada is a good place to be a woman.”

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