The capital of British Columbia has recently been named the best city to live in for Canadian women, according to a study done by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. This study looked at various factors to determine what exactly makes Victoria the most favourable city for women.
The study looked at five main areas:
- economic security
- personal security
Victoria Best City For Canadian Women
The city of Victoria scored positively, testing high in economic security and female leadership. Results of the study showed Victoria to have a relatively small wage gap between women and men, women earning 73 per cent to what men do. Large public sector employers and strong unions that help limit discriminatory gaps in pay were determined to be the reason for a smaller wage gap. One of the cities in Canada with the smallest wage gap is Gatineau, Quebec, where women earn 87 cents for every dollar men make. Even today the national average for Canadian women is only 70 cents to every dollar.
Female leadership was also an important factor for the study. Victoria is the only major city where women outnumber men among city councillors. Women make up 45% of the elected positions as female politicians in Victoria. While this might not seem like a large number, it is impressively larger than other areas. St. John’s, Newfoundland has no female city councillors at all.
Mayor of Victoria Lisa Helps said she was thrilled about such strong female leadership in Victoria.
Overall Victoria should be proud of the opportunities the city provides for women but there are still improvements to be made, such as improving health and education.
Among other B.C. cities, Vancouver ranked seventh overall, Abbotsford fourth, and Kelowna 13th. The worst cities for women in the country were Edmonton at 24th and Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo at 25th.
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