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.
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?
- Quebec City
- St. John’s
- St. Catharines-Niagara
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.”