Canada’s Toronto Ranked First for Women pursuing Careers

According to Bloomberg, Toronto is the best city in the world for career women.

The business newspaper looked at how 15 global locations ranked in terms of quality of life for women pursuing careers.

Safety, mobility, maternity, equality, and wealth were all evaluated.

Cities were picked based on their importance in the global industry and their ability to attract international talent. In each of the 15 cities, over 3,000 women between the ages of 18 and 60 were polled and asked questions that corresponded to each of the five pillars.

“Are women well-represented in leadership roles around me?” respondents were asked under the equality pillar, for example. “Can women compete equally for jobs with men?” was one of the questions they were asked under riches.

Toronto came out on top, with Sydney, Singapore, Paris, and London following closely behind. In terms of equality, motherhood, and wealth, Toronto came out on top. However, due to the city’s antiquated transportation system, it fared badly in terms of mobility.

For a variety of reasons, the topic of women’s job prospects is extremely important to newcomers.

Most immigrants arrive in Canada during their prime working years, on average. As a result, women are just as eager as men to work in occupations that are a good fit for their skills and to advance up the socioeconomic ladder.

Despite the fact that men continue to make up the majority of main applications for economic class immigrants to Canada, women are becoming a larger part of the population. This is significant for both women and policymakers in Canada. Even if the female is the male principal applicant’s spouse or partner, a Canadian government study reveals that they share human capital qualities with their partner (e.g., similar age, education, language skills, and work experience). Given their high levels of human capital, it is a realistic expectation among such women and policymakers that newcomer women be given a fair opportunity in the Canadian labor market.

Women’s economic integration is equally important for social integration and retention. According to Canadian studies, immigrant women’s poor labor market integration might lead to newcomer families relocating so that both partners can pursue better professional opportunities abroad.

Finally, in order to overcome its labor shortages, Canada must tap into as many talent sources as possible, both in the short and long term. Canada now has roughly 1 million job openings, and the country will continue to face labor shortages when the country’s 9 million baby boomers retire over the next decade. This means that policymakers and businesses will need to do a better job of matching under-represented employment groups with appropriate job opportunities, such as women, newcomer women, newcomers in general, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, disenfranchised youth, and others.

The federal and provincial governments of Canada are working on a number of measures to help newcomer women integrate into the workforce. Since 2018, for example, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have been funding a number of experimental projects geared at assisting racialized newcomer women. The programs aim to “help racialized newcomer women find good, well-paying jobs that set them up for success in this country, by addressing the barriers they may face–gender- and race-based discrimination, precarious or low-income employment, lack of affordable child care, and weak social supports,” according to the IRCC.

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