Publicado hoy Sabado Feb 7 en la gazette.
“Diversity in itself will not result in dynamic cities,” Jedwab said of research he has prepared ahead of the Challenging Cities in Canada conference, which begins Wednesday in Montreal and is organized by the McGill Institute for Studies in Canada.
On paper, Montreal, with its rich ethno-cultural mix and low crime rate, has the elements to be a magnet for international talent looking for alternatives to the United States, Jedwab noted.
Among the findings:
– Montreal is the most bilingual city in Canada, with 57 per cent reporting knowledge of French and English, compared with 37 per cent in Ottawa and 34 per cent in Quebec City;
In the matter of immigrant population, Quebec City is dead last among 12 major Canadian cities, as immigrants comprise only 3.4 per cent of the city’s residents. It is also the whitest major city in Canada, with only two per cent visible minorities.
– Montreal ranks third in attracting immigrants, who form 28 per cent of the city’s population. That’s behind Toronto (50 per cent) and Vancouver (38 per cent).
– Montreal ranks third in the percentage of visible minorities (21 per cent), compared with Toronto (43 per cent) and Vancouver (37 per cent).
Jedwab noted, however, Montreal falls behind in other social indicators:
S With 33 per cent of management positions held by women, Montreal is 11th – or second to last – among the cities studied. Toronto leads with 40 per cent of management jobs held by women, followed by Victoria (39 per cent) and Hamilton, Ont. (37 per cent).
S Montreal’s black community had an unemployment rate of 17.2 per cent in 2001, but only 6.4 per cent of whites were jobless. That gap of 10.8 points is far above that in Toronto or Vancouver.
S In Toronto, unemployment in 2001 was 9.4 per cent for blacks and 4.6 per cent for whites – a gap of 4.8 points. In Vancouver, the rate among blacks was 11.8 per cent, and 6.1 per cent for whites, a difference of 5.7 points.
Among Vancouver residents of Latin American origin, the unemployment rate was 12.9 per cent. In Toronto, their jobless rate was 7.9 per cent. In Montreal, 14.8 per cent of Latin Americans were unemployed – an 8.4-point gap over the rate for whites.
Jedwab’s conclusion: “We are not exploiting our diversity as successfully as other cities are.”
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