Toronto not one of the world's top cities for social and economic inclusivity: study

Nov 26 2019, 4:39 pm

It turns out Canada’s largest city isn’t one of the top cities in the world for social and economic inclusivity, according to a new study.

The study, titled the Prosperity and Inclusion Index, was funded by institutions and local governments in Spain’s Basque Country and explores how all sectors of a cities population are empowered to contribute to the economy and share in its benefits.

To reach its findings, the study ranked 113 global cities on a number of criteria, such as per-capita GDP, quality of life, personal safety, access to education, affordable housing, environmental quality, access to healthcare, and access to the internet.

Each variable was then categorized by three pillars, which are broken down by prosperity, social inclusion, and spatial inclusion.

The ICI Framework

Canada’s capital was not just the highest-ranking Canadian city on the list, but also in North America, claiming the eighth spot in the world for ‘inclusive prosperity.’

Montreal claimed the country’s second-highest spot, claiming the 26th spot, while Canada’s largest city ranked 35th, with an overall score of 59.0, putting it behind Melbourne in 34th and ahead of Sydney in 36th.

Toronto scored 33 for Pillar 1 (income per capita/quality of life), 23 for Pillar 2 (personal safety/access to education and ICTs), and 60 for Pillar 3 (affordable housing/environmental quality/access to health care).

It’s also important to note that Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal were the only three Canadian cities to make it onto the list.

As for the top-ranking spot, Zurich scored strongly in all categories, followed by Vienna and Copenhagen in second and third place, respectively.

Globally, two Chinese metropolises, Tianjin and Chongqing, as well as Egypt’s Cairo scored the lowest.


You can find the full report here.

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