According to a new study, Vancouver ranks as the 13th best place in Canada for women to live.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) looked into gender equality in Canada and compiled a list of the best and worst places to be a woman in the country. The study, conducted by Kate McInturff, a Senior Researcher at CCPA, was designed to get a closer look at how women are faring in their communities. McInturff states: “Canadian communities have much to learn from one another. Federal and provincial governments also have much to learn from the local picture—about which policies are working and what strategies can be scaled up so that every community in Canada can lay equal claim to being the best place in Canada to be a woman.”
The report examines 20 of Canada’s largest metropolitan areas and ranks each city based on a comparison of how men and women are faring in the following areas: leadership, health, personal security, economic security and education.
- Quebec City
- St. John’s
- St. Catharines
The study also provides readers with a more in-depth look into each of the regions.
- Vancouver’s employment rates are in keeping with the national average, with 66% of men and 58% of women employed.
- Women in Vancouver have lower than average levels of full-time work, with 42% of working women holding full-time jobs.
- Vancouver has one of the biggest wage gaps—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.
- Vancouver falls in the middle of the pack in the area of women’s representation in leadership roles. Women hold four out of 11 elected positions at the municipal level. Amongst senior managers men outnumber women three to one.
- While men and women in Vancouver have equally high healthy life expectancies, there is a significant gap in their perceptions of their health. 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.
- The rate of sexual assault and intimate partner violence reported to the police in Vancouver is just below average. Nearly 7000 incidents of sexual and domestic violence were reported in the space of year in Vancouver. However, because 90% and 70% of all incidents of sexual and domestic violence respectively go unreported, these numbers do not reflect actual levels of violence.
- Women and men in Vancouver are equally likely to hold a high school degree or a university degree. More women than men hold college degrees or diplomas. However, men outnumber women amongst trades and apprenticeships at a rate of more than two to one.
Written by: Meagan Gill
Photo credit: CCPA