The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2017

The Gender Gap in Canada's 25 Biggest Cities
October 17, 2017
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This annual study provides a snapshot of the gaps in men and women’s access to economic security, personal security, education, health, and positions of leadership in Canada’s largest 25 metropolitan areas. It measures these gaps in a given community in order to capture inequalities that can be attributed, at least in part, to discrimination based on gender; it also serves as a reminder that, with the right choices and policies, these gaps can be closed. According to this year's ranking, Victoria is the best city to be a woman (for the third year in a row), while big gaps in employment and high poverty rates for women put Windsor in last place (for the second year in a row).


This year's report highlights the work that communities and organizations across Canada are doing to help close the gender gap. For more information on these projects, please follow the links below.

The Feminist Working Hub: St. John's, Newfoundland
Sandy Cove Women’s March: Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia
Groupe Femmes, Politique et Démocratie: Québec City, Québec
Le Collectif Sherbrooke Féministe: Sherbrooke, Québec
Studio XX: Montréal, Québec
Dé Parité: Gatineau, Québec
Daughters of the Vote: Ottawa, Ontario
Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham: Oshawa, Ontario
Women Win Toronto: Toronto, Ontario
Niagara Leadership Summit for Women: St. Catherines-Niagara, Ontario
Women's Events Committee: London, Ontario
Her Windsor: Windsor, Ontario
The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie: Barrie, Ontario
The Child Care Coalition of Manitoba: Winnipeg, Manitoba
TransSask: Regina, Saskatchewan
Nasty Women’s Press: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Ask Her: Calgary, Alberta
Women’s Advocacy Voice of Edmonton: Edmonton, Alberta
The Central Okanagan Women’s Resource and Education Foundation: Kelowna, British Columbia
Valley Women’s Network: Abbotsford-Mission, British Columbia
Women Transforming Cities: Vancouver, British Columbia
Victoria Sexual Assault Centre: Victoria, British Columbia