Worst place for women

A recent survey shows indicates that Edmonton is the least female-friendly city in the country.

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Worst place for women

Edmonton is the least female-friendly city in the country, finds a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The research compares how men and women fare in terms of economic security, leadership, health, personal security and education in Canada’s 20 largest metropolitan areas. Of the cities ranked, Edmonton has the largest gender gap in both access to full-time employment (68% of men versus 48% of women) and employment incomes (women earn 60% of male wages, a discrepancy of $21,000 per year). The city has just one woman holding elected municipal office and rates of police-reported sexual assault are among the highest of those studied.

In contrast, Quebec City is the study’s top-ranked city for women, thanks to relatively small gaps between men’s and women’s earnings and access to full-time work, as well as near gender-parity on city council and the lowest rates of police-reported sexual and domestic violence of the cities ranked.

The Rankings

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

Source: The Best and Worst Place to be a Woman in Canada: An Index of Gender Equality in Canada’s Twenty largest Metropolitan Areas, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, April 2014

— Tamar Satov

About the Author

Tamar Satov


Tamar Satov is managing editor of CPA Magazine.

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