Quebec City ranked as the best place in Canada to be a woman (Photo: REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger)
Of Canada’s 20 largest metropolitan areas, Quebec City is the best place to be a woman. And the worst? Edmonton.
Those rankings come from a new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, an Ottawa-based think-tank. The report compared how women can expect to fare in five different areas: economic security, leadership, health, personal security and education.
A few highlights from the report: overall, cities in Quebec do better than those in the rest of Canada, with Quebec City, Montreal and Sherbrooke all making the top 10. Alberta, on the other hand, has the most inequality, with Calgary and Edmonton both at the back of the pack. Women in Ottawa-Gatineau earn the most of any women across the country, while those in Calgary experience the lowest levels of poverty. Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge area, meanwhile, had the highest levels of stress, and Oshawa, ON reported the highest gap in stress between men and women (women had about double the level of men).
The study found the smallest gender gaps in the area of educational attainment, with women slightly more likely to finish high school, college and university — except in the trades, where men are twice as likely to finish vocational training. Likewise, the study found Canadian women’s health and life expectancy often surpassed that of men.