A tale of two cities: Montreal trails Quebec city in health rankings

OTTAWA, Dec. 13, 2016 /CNW/ - A Conference Board of Canada report assessing the health performance of 10 Canadian cities ranks Québec City 4th overall, while Montréal places in 10th position.

"Slight variations between cities have significant impacts on the health of its citizens, as is the case with Montréal and Québec City," said Louis Thériault, Vice-President, Public Policy. "Because of these slight variations, Québec City outperforms Montréal in all four of our selected categories."


  • Montréal finishes in 10th place and is the only city to receive an overall "D" grade for city health.
  • Québec City places 4th and receives an overall "B" grade.
  • Saskatoon finishes first in the city health rankings, placing ahead of Calgary and Winnipeg. All three of these metro areas score an "A" grade.

The City Health Monitor examines and benchmarks the physical and socio-economic health of 10 metropolitan areas in Canada. Each metro area receives a grade based on their performance on 24 indicators, grouped into four categories: life satisfaction; population health; healthy lifestyle; and access to health care services.

Montréal is in 10th position and is the only metro area to receive an overall "D" grade for city health. Montréal's ranking results from placing no higher than 8th position in all categories. The metro ranks at the very bottom on two life satisfaction indicators—perceived life stress and perceived work stress. Montréal also places last when it comes to access to health care, receiving "D" grades on all four indicators in this category such as access to a regular doctor and the relative number of nurses.

Montréal's best ranking is in the population health category, where it places 8th and receives a "C" grade. The city has lowest percentage of the adult diagnosed with having a mood disorder and places 4th on the proportion of the population that has suffered from a stroke.

Québec City
Québec City finishes in 4th position with an overall "B" grade. Generally, the metro area places in the middle of the rankings in most of the categories, but thanks to low rates of diabetes and stroke, Québec City's highest ranking comes in the population health category, with a third-place ranking and a "B" grade.

Meanwhile, Québec City is 4th and achieves a "B" grade when it comes to access to health care services. Although it places near the bottom on the per capita number of hospital beds, this is offset by a strong showing on the relative number of specialists and nurses.

Québec City's residents scored highest on satisfaction with life in general and perceived mental health, but placed at bottom of the pack on a sense of belonging to the local community and on perceived life stress, giving it an overall "C" grade in the life satisfaction category.

Québec City's healthy lifestyle ranking is boosted by higher amounts of fruit and vegetable consumption in the metro area. However, a last place ranking on the heavy drinking indicator drops its grade to a "C" in this category.

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