December 9, 2015 8:59 am

Living in poverty in Winnipeg can lower life expectancy by 19 years: report

Report shows large gaps exist in Winnipeg between those experiencing the best and poorest health.

Brent Williamson / Global News

WINNIPEG — A new report called Our City: A Peg Report on Health Equity shows the difference between life expectancy in Winnipeg, based on different income brackets.

The report said those living in wealthier neighborhoods, on average live 19 years longer than those living in lower income areas.

Point Douglas and downtown Winnipeg had the lowest life expectancy and the highest unemployment rate in the city, according to the report.

The area with the highest life expectancy was Fort Garry and Assiniboine South, which had the highest median household income.

The report, developed in partnership with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, also looked at other indicators related to health equity. Areas such as prevalence of diabetes, strokes and heart attacks, and pregnancies with risk factors were explored.



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