Ottawa among the best cities for ‘Inclusive Prosperity’

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A new study going into just how widely cities spread their wealth has ranked Ottawa among the best in the world, but other Canadian cities don’t fare quite as well. Toronto ranked 35th in the world putting it at similar levels of inclusiveness as London (33rd) and New York City (38th).

Ottawa was ranked eighth out of 113 cities around the world for “inclusive prosperity” ? a new measure that acts as a sort of shorthand for understanding economic and social inequality.

The Prosperity and Inclusion Index, funded by institutions and local governments in Spain’s Basque Country, ranks cities on a number of criteria beyond the size of the economy, including housing affordability; access to education and the internet; personal safety; environmental quality; and “density of physicians,” as a proxy for access to health care.

These elements “are key to ensuring a city’s population can all share in the benefits of a truly equitable society,” he added.

Montreal was the second-highest ranking Canadian city, in the 26th spot, making it less inclusive than Washington, D.C. (11th place), Seattle (14th place) and Boston (16th place).

Toronto’s relatively weak showing is a sign that wealthier cities aren’t necessarily better at providing for their most marginalized residents. The study noted there is no overlap between the top 10 richest cities and the top 10 most inclusive cities. -CINEWS

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