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Moving to Canada? Consider these six top cities

Submitted by on January 22, 2010 – 7:30 amNo Comment

CalgarySkylineCalgary (Alberta), Waterloo (Ontario), Ottawa (ON), Vancouver (BC), St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador), and Richmond Hill (ON) have what migrants are look­ing for when choos­ing where to locate.”

That’s accord­ing to a recent Conference Board report ana­lyz­ing the appeal of var­i­ous Canadian cities.

Here are the details on these six “A list” municipalities:

  • Calgary’s strong eco­nomic results come as no sur­prise given its per­for­mance over the past decade, but the city also ranked first in Innovation and sec­ond in Housing.
  • Waterloo’s world­wide rep­u­ta­tion for high-​​tech excel­lence in edu­ca­tion and busi­ness is well deserved. Ranked number-​​one in Education, Waterloo also posted strong results in Economy, Innovation and Housing.
  • Ottawa reaps the ben­e­fits of a strong and well-​​educated pub­lic sec­tor. The nation’s cap­i­tal excels in Innovation and Education, and, apart from Health, scores well across all categories.
  • Richmond Hill, a fast-​​growing city north of Toronto, has become the sec­ond most diverse city in Canada. A well-​​educated work­force con­tributes to its high scores in the Education and Innovation categories.
  • Vancouver enjoys an envi­able cli­mate and a vibrancy that comes from its young, diverse, and mul­ti­cul­tural pop­u­la­tion.
  • St. John’s has achieved a strong pro­duc­tiv­ity level that even sur­passes that of Calgary and Edmonton. It is also a stel­lar per­former in Health and Environment categories.

The next tier of cities includes Toronto — Canada’s largest met­ro­pol­i­tan area — as well as a num­ber of other Ontario munic­i­pal­i­ties: Markham, Vaughan, Kingston, Oakville, Guelph, London, and Burlington.

Also on the “B list” are Edmonton (AB), Victoria (BC), Halifax (NS), Regina (SK), Québec City and the neigh­bor­ing com­mu­nity of Lévis (QC).

The full city report — City Magnets II: Benchmarking the Attractiveness of 50 Canadian Cities – is avail­able from the Conference Board’s e-​​library for $225, but you can read a detailed sum­mary from the Conference Board or in this Globe & Mail arti­cle — both free.

Calgary sky­line photo ©Carolyn B. Heller

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