St. Catharines, Niagara Makes 2017 List Of Best And Worst Cities In Canada To Be A Woman

St. Catharines ranks Number 16 out of 25 on list in Canada Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) report

“Women in St. Catharines are more likely than men to have completed high school, college or university.’ – from CCPA report

“St. Catharines ranks near the bottom of the list when it comes to women’s access to leadership positions.” – from CCPA report

News  from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Posted October 17th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Ottawa, Ontario —A new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) uncovers the best and worst cities to be a woman in Canada. Victoria ranks highest, while big gaps in income and employment leave Windsor in last place for the second year in a row.

The report, by CCPA Senior Researcher Kate McInturff, gives an annual snapshot of the gaps between men’s and women’s access to economic and personal security, education, health, and positions of leadership in Canada’s largest 25 metropolitan areas. It captures inequalities that can be attributed, at least in part, to discrimination based on gender.

The study takes special note of those working hard to change their communities, but also finds that despite a government celebrated internationally for ambitious gender-based policy and budget analyses, the country has stalled in closing gender gaps.

“Our prime minister is setting a feminist agenda for his government. That means federal departments are starting to ask the right questions about how their policies and programs impact men and women differently,” says McInturff. “The next year will tell us if they are prepared to back that up with action and funding.”

Among the study’s findings:

  • Victoria ranked highest, but its wage gap has worsened slightly in recent years;
  • Hamilton climbed from 13th to 3rd spot, due to a narrowing employment gap, lower-than-average poverty, and women’s access to leadership positions;
  • Cities with a strong public sector, like Victoria (1) and Gatineau (2), see narrower gaps in wages and employment;
  • Of Canada’s largest cities, Vancouver (5) scored highest, with Toronto (10) maintaining its middle of the pack status and Montreal falling from 6th to 15th place;
  • Edmonton (18) continues to have one of the largest wage gaps in Canada;
  • 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.

StatsCan estimates only one in 20 sexual assaults are reported to police; 

“Statistics will never be a substitute for the full experience of lives lived. But as signposts they mark the spot where more attention is needed from our political leaders and policy-makers,” McInturff adds. “We hope they follow through.”

Here are the 25 Canadian cities ranked on the CCPA list, from best to worst

  1. Victoria 2. Gatineau 3. Hamilton 4. Kingston 5. Vancouver 6. Québec City 7. St. John’s 8. Sherbrooke 9. Halifax 10. Toronto 11. Ottawa 12. London 13. Kelowna 14. Abbotsford-Mission 15. Montréal 16. St. Catharines-Niagara 17. Winnipeg 18. Edmonton 19. Saskatoon 20. Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo 21. Regina 22. Calgary 23. Barrie 24. Oshawa 25. Windsor

A few more excerpts from the CCPA report about St. Catharines-Niagara –

Men’s employment rates (in St. Catharines-Niagara) have been steady over the past five years, running consistently below the national average. Women’s employment dipped in 2013 and 2014, but has since recovered. The lower than average gap in employment is due to men’s lower rates of employment.”

“Both men and women are less likely to work full time, with a smaller than average gap between their access to full-time work. This is again due to men’s full-time employment rates falling well below the national average. Wages in St. Catharines-Niagara are also below average for both men and women, with a typical gap between their earnings. Women bring home $8,000 less per year than men.”

”Life expectancy in St. Catharines is close to the Canadian average and, as is typically the case, women live slightly longer lives than men (83 years on average to men’s 78). Women are more likely than men to identify their health as good or excellent, with 60% of women doing so.”

To read the entire CCPA report, download it by clicking onhttps://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2017/10/Best%20and%20Worst%20Places%20to%20Be%20a%20Woman%202017.pdf .

About the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – The CCPA is one of Canada’s leading sources of progressive policy ideas. Our work is rooted in the values of social justice and environmental sustainability. As non corporate-funded policy think tanks continue to be silenced, the importance of the Centre has never been greater. Learn more »

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One response to “St. Catharines, Niagara Makes 2017 List Of Best And Worst Cities In Canada To Be A Woman

  1. The statictical methods discussed in the Report but are a source of wonder to me! I would like to read some personal interviews with residents in the cities investigated. The author is aware of this issue. It will probably be lost in the fast-paced politics where we live our lives. In a word the Report is eye-opening.

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