OTTAWA – It’s a very stark tale of two cities.
While Ottawa has the highest median income of any major city in the country, and low unemployment, those living in poverty struggle more than those in other Canadian cities, according to a report called Bridging the Gap.
The report by the Association of Ontario Health Centres and the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa, shows the nations capital has a low ‘sense of community,’ and that low-income residents feel a sense of isolation.
The report also shows those living in poverty in Ottawa spend more on housing than in other Canadian cities.
Another big issue is that suicide is the leading cause of death for adults between 20 and 44, with about 60 such deaths a year, the report says.
On a more positive note, Ottawa is a reasonably safe city with a declining crime rate, and more than half the population volunteers.