Saskatoon, Regina rank among worst Canadian cities to be a woman

Saskatoon, Regina rank among worst Canadian cities to be a woman”

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ranked Canada's 25 biggest cities based on the differences between men and women's access to economic and personal security, education, health and positions of leadership.

But Toronto is ahead of Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina and Calgary. They are also more likely to access medical services in a timely fashion, with 71 per cent of women reporting they had a Pap smear in the last three years.

Victoria, British Columbia on the west coast, is still the best city in Canada for women, and Windsor, Ontario in southern Ontario, is still the worst.

In Quebec, "a strong public employment sector results in narrower gaps in wages and employment, as noted in Gatineau and Quebec City".

Canada has a self-proclaimed feminist prime minister, and the CCPA's report notes that "the government is starting more regularly to ask questions about how their policies and programs impact men and women in distinct ways".

In Windsor, Ont., which ranked worst in the study, the wage gap is actually smaller than average, with women making about 75 per cent of what men earn.

For the third year in a row Victoria, BC takes the top spot. "We hope they follow through".

The study also shows, poverty rates are above average for both men and women: 16.7 per cent of women and 16 per cent of men live above the low income line in the city. The number of women who hold university degrees (26%) is above the national average and higher than that of men in Victoria (25%).

Toronto is also slightly above average nationally in terms of women in leadership positions.

Women also hold almost half (45%) of elected positions in the region and are more likely to hold management positions in Victoria than in other cities. Life expectancy is 85 years for women, 80 years for men in the city.

Women live slightly longer lives than men in Toronto.

Personal security is harder to quantify generally across the country, the study says.

Those statistics translate to 111,377 incidents of sexual assault and 197,441 incidents of intimate partner violence over the same five years in Toronto.

Sexual assault is the one violent crime not on the decline in Canada, and every city still struggles with high rates of sexual and domestic violence.

These are the findings of an annual study by Kate McInturf of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a left-leaning think-tank.

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