A New Study Ranks the Best Cities in Canada for Women to Live

“It’s been quite a year for women,” starts a lengthy new study conducted by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, which analyzes how women across Canadian cities fare across metrics like economic security, leadership, health, personal security, and education.

Rather than simply being a measure of women’s well-being, it explores the gaps that exist between men and women in these areas.

According to the CCPA’s, research, Victoria, Gatineau, Que., and Montreal offer the highest quality of life for women compared to their male counterparts, while Edmonton, Calgary and Ontario’s Waterloo Region are less female-friendly.

A contributing factor to Victoria’s first-place rank can be attributed to the election of the city’s second female mayor last November, Lisa Helps.

“Everyone should totally move to Victoria,” she says, modestly.

The full list of Canada’s 25 ranked cities, from best to worst, below:

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