Best places to live: Canada’s Top 10 cities
Yet according to the MoneySense 2010 Best Places to Live survey — which rated 179 Canadian cities and towns on such factors as climate, prosperity, access to healthcare, home affordability, crime rates, and lifestyle — some of Canada’s smaller cities came out on top.
And the nation’s capital, Ottawa, earned this year’s #1 spot.
The prevalence of government and university jobs has made Ottawa more recession-proof than other communities, and salaries there are high, while housing costs are relatively low.
Here’s the MoneySense Top 10 list:
- Ottawa-Gatineau, ON
- Kingston, ON
- Burlington, ON
- Fredericton, NB
- Moncton, NB
- Repentigny, QC
- Brandon, MB
- Victoria, BC
- Winnipeg, MB
- Lévis, QC
While Vancouver frequently tops many lists of the world’s most liveable cities, it lost points in the MoneySense poll because of the high cost of housing, earning a ranking of #29.
Toronto and Montreal have much less expensive housing options than Vancouver, but the recession has caused unemployment rates in both those cities to rise about the national average. Toronto ranked #85 in the MoneySense survey, while Montreal was #120.
MoneySense even published a companion article about why Toronto will never be Number One on their list.
However, since MoneySense this year separated out suburbs with more than 50,000 residents, some Toronto and Montreal suburbs scored far better than the cities themselves, including Burlington, ON at #3 and Laval, QC at #13.
Here’s the link to the complete list of the MoneySense 2010 Best Places to Live.
Ottawa photo ©Carolyn B. Heller