The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a report on the gender gap in Canada’s biggest cities entitled The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in 2017. The report gives an updated snapshot of the gap 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. Victoria ranks highest and Windsor the lowest.
Prairie cities don’t show up so well. Winnipeg sits at #17 of 25, Edmonton is at #18, Saskatoon at #19, Regina is at #21 and Calgary at #22. Breaking our city down, Saskatoon ranked 23rd out of 25 in economic security with one of the largest gaps in employment income. The wage gap in Saskatoon is the same as it was 5 years ago. We’re in 12th place when it comes to educational attainment with Saskatoon women being more likely than men to have completed college or university. We rank #9 as far as health goes and #15 when it comes to leadership. The report says Saskatoon is one of those rare cities where women do better in politics than in leadership positions. Women outnumber men on City Council is the best example. When it comes to personal security for women, the report says sexual assault is the one violent crime not on the decline and that every city still struggles with high rates of this along with domestic violence. Saskatoon ranks 21st out of the 25 cities in this category which is not something to be proud of. If you’re curious, the city that ranks best for women’s security is Hamilton and the worst is Oshawa, just east of Toronto.