A new report from the Conference Board of Canada finds Toronto near the bottom of the list when it comes to health performance.
The Board looked at ten cities across the country, focusing on the physical and socio-economic health of those metropolitan areas, then assessed the data based on twenty-four indicators.
Overall, Toronto ranked 9th out of the cities examined and earned an overall “B” grade. Saskatoon was number one. Montreal placed last and earned a “D” grade, the only city to do so.
Toronto scored a “C” grade in life satisfaction, healthy lifestyle and access to health services. Although 90% of residents have a regular doctor, the city ranked low when it came to specialists and nurses per 100,000 people.
What brought Toronto’s ranking up? Among the ten Canadian cities examined, Toronto had the lowest rate of cancer, and the lowest percentage of adults diagnosed with chronic pulmonary disease.
“Although cities in Canada have similar standards of living, slight variations between cities may have significant impacts on the health of its citizens. Benchmarking cities’ health performance helps identify gaps and determine policy priorities to improve the health care system and the health of Canadians.” – Louis Thériault, Vice-President, Public Policy