If you’re a woman living in Canada, you may want to leave Montreal and head to Gatineau. Or even Victoria, B.C., as both cities are demonstrably better for women to live in than Montreal, or any other city in Canada.
According to a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, dubbed “The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2017,” some Canadian cities don’t exactly favour the female sex.
Assessing the differences in opportunity between men and women in Canada’s 25 largest cities, the report ranks each metropolis from worst to best, as the title would suggest.
Factors such as economic security, education, health resources, and women in positions of political power and leadership were used to grant scores to each city.
Victoria, B.C. came out with the #1 top spot, with Gatineau, QC a close second. Windor, ON, came dead last, largely due to major differences in employment between men and women, making it the place to avoid if you’re a woman in Canada.
Montreal did OK overall, achieving a mid-level rank of 15.
Out of the scoring categories, Montreal performed modestly, save for education and employment, where our fair city did fairly well.
The study says that, on average, women’s wages are higher than that of men in Montreal. Compared to the national average, women make higher wages in Montreal whereas men make a bit less.
That doesn’t mean women make more money than men in Montreal. While Montreal women enjoy a “smaller than average wage gap” than most Canadian females, women in Montreal still only earn 79% of what men do, overall.
But again, that is a better figure than other cities in Canada.
When it comes to education, however, women perform better than men across the board.
Women living in Montreal are more likely to complete high school, CEGEP, or college, says the report. And women are just as likely as men to have completed a university degree, something not quite seen in other Canadian cities.
Cities in Quebec actually do more for women than the rest of Canada, for the most part. Quebec City received a place in the top ten, at #6.
This is especially true when it comes to wages and employment, says the report. But that’s in the public sector. When it comes to the private sector, both Montreal and Quebec City are at “the bottom of the ranks.”
So where should you be living in Canada if you’re a woman? Well, wherever you want, really. But if you want to take the findings of this report into account, check out the full ranking of cities below.