Where are the best and worst places to live in Canada, if you're a woman? According to a new Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives study, the best is Québec City and the worst is Edmonton.
Vancouver ranks 13th on the list of Canada's 20 largest cities. Victoria placed fifth, and Toronto ranked sixth.
Fun fact: Women in Vancouver have the longest life expectancy, compared to their counterparts in other Canadian cities.
From the report, titled The Best and Worst Place to be a Woman in Canada, here's a few reasons for Vancouver's low ranking:
- "Vancouver has one of the biggest wage gaps of the top twenty cities — with women earning 30% less than their male peers."
- "Vancouver has higher than average rates of poverty overall, and women’s poverty rates are slightly higher than those of men, with 13% of men and 15% of women living below the Low Income Measure."
- "Women in Vancouver have lower than average levels of full-time work, with 42% of working women holding full-time jobs."
- "Nearly 7000 incidents of sexual and domestic violence were reported in the space of year in Vancouver."
- "Vancouver falls in the middle of the pack in the area of women’s representation in leadership roles."
- "The majority of men (68%) perceive their health as good or excellent, but only half (51%) of women do the same."
- "Women are also more likely to identify high levels of stress in their lives, with 27% of women doing so compared to 21% of men."