Best Places to live in Canada 2017

In January 2017, Donald Trump became the president of the United States.

Many Americans are thinking about moving to neighboring Canada.

The Canadian immigration site crashed on the USA November Election night.

Here is the 2016 ranking of the “Best Places to Live for New Canadians”
by MoneySense, a Toronto-based personal finance website.

To compile the list, MoneySense studied 219 Canadian cities and towns and ranked them on different parameters of well-being, especially focusing on
low unemployment rates, high percentage of immigrant populations, and
low monthly rent.

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Canada 2016 – A Good location to Live or Study

Population 34.9 mil.
Visitors per year 25.3 mil.
Renewable energy 17.9 %

Canada performs very well in many measures of well-being relative to most other countries in the Better Life Index. Canada ranks above the average in housing, subjective well-being, personal security, health status, income and wealth, social connections, environmental quality, jobs and earnings, education and skills, and civic engagement.

In Canada, the average household net-adjusted disposable income per capita is USD 29 365 a year, more than the OECD average of USD 25 908 a year. In terms of employment, over 72% of people aged 15 to 64 in Canada have a paid job, more than the OECD employment average of 65%. Some 75% of men are in paid work, compared with 70% of women. In Canada, 4% of employees work very long hours, much lower than the OECD average of 13%, with 6% of men working very long hours compared with just 1% for women.

In Canada, 89% of adults aged 25-64 have completed upper secondary education, well above the OECD average of 75%. This is truer of women than men, as 88% of men have successfully completed high-school compared with 90% of women. This reverses the OECD average picture, where men are slightly more likely to have graduated high school. Canada is a top-performing country in terms of the quality of its educational system. The average student scored 522 in reading literacy, maths and science in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This score is higher than the OECD average of 497, making Canada one of the strongest OECD countries in students’ skills. On average in Canada, girls outperformed boys by 7 points, lower than the average OECD gap of 8 points.

Life expectancy at birth in Canada is 82 years, two year higher than the OECD average of 80 years. Life expectancy for women is 84 years, compared with 79 for men. The level of atmospheric PM10 – tiny air pollutant particles small enough to enter and cause damage to the lungs – is 14.5 micrograms per cubic meter in large urban areas, considerably lower than the OECD average of 20.1 micrograms per cubic meter. Canada also does well in terms of water quality, as 91% of people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water, more than the OECD average of 81%.

In general, Canadians are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average. When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Canadians gave it a 7.3 grade, higher than the OECD average of 6.6.

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Mercer survey – 2012 Quality of Living worldwide city rankings

World Wide Top 10
Vienna retains the top spot as the city with the world’s best quality of living, according to the Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey. Zurich and Auckland follow in second and third place, respectively, and Munich is in fourth place, followed by Vancouver, which ranked fifth. Düsseldorf dropped one spot to rank sixth followed by Frankfurt in seventh, Geneva in eighth, Copenhagen in ninth, and Bern and Sydney tied for tenth place.

Canadian cities still dominate the top of the index for this region, with Vancouver (5) retaining the top regional spot, followed by Ottawa (14), Toronto (15) and Montreal (23). Calgary ranks 32 on the overall quality of living ranking. Overall, there was almost no movement in rankings among Canadian cities from 2011 to 2012, with Calgary advancing one position, Montreal retreating one position, and the other cities remaining unchanged.

In terms of city infrastructure, Vancouver (9) tops the ranking for the region with Atlanta and Montreal following at 13. Other Canadian cities that ranked highly were Toronto (16) and Ottawa (25). In the United States, Dallas ranked 15, followed by Washington, DC (22), Chicago (28) and New York (30). Buenos Aires, Argentina (83) has the best city infrastructure in Central and South America, whereas Port-au-Prince is the lowest ranking at 221.

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Canada is still an excellent choice for a study abroad location.
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Canada Ranks Very High With Mercers Report

Mercer conducts the ranking to help governments and multi-national companies compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.

The 2010 rankings also identifies the cities with the best eco-ranking based on water availability and drinkability, waste removal, quality of sewage systems, air pollution and traffic congestion. Calgary is at the top of this index (score 145.7), followed by Honolulu in second place (score 145.1) and Ottawa and Helsinki in joint third (score 139.9).

Canadian cities still dominate the top of the index for the Americas region with Vancouver (4) retaining the top spot, followed by Ottawa (14), Toronto (16) and Montreal (21). Calgary ranks 28 on the overall quality of living ranking.

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Top 5 cities worldwide

Top 5 cities: Quality of living ranking Top 5 cities: Eco-city ranking
  • Vienna, Austria (1st)
  • Zurich, Switzerland (2nd)
  • Geneva, Switzerland (3rd)
  • Vancouver, Canada (tied 4th)
  • Auckland, New Zealand (tied 4th)
  • Calgary, Canada (1st)
  • Honolulu, United States (2nd)
  • Ottawa, Canada (tied 3rd)
  • Helsinki, Finland (tied 3rd)
  • Wellington, New Zealand (5th)

Top 5 cities by region

Quality of living ranking

Americas Asia Pacific Europe Middle East & Africa
  • Vancouver (4th)
  • Ottawa (14th)
  • Toronto (16th)
  • Montreal (21st)
  • Calgary (28th)
  • Auckland (4th)
  • Sydney (10th)
  • Wellington (12th)
  • Melbourne (18th)
  • Perth (21st)
  • Vienna (1st)
  • Zurich (2nd
  • Geneva (3rd)
  • Dusseldorf (6th)
  • Frankfurt (tied 7th)
  • Munich (tied 7th)
  • Dubai (75th)
  • Port Louis (82nd)
  • Abu Dhabi (83rd)
  • Cape Town (86th)
  • Tunis (94th)

Eco-city ranking

Americas Asia Pacific Europe Middle East & Africa
  • Calgary (1st)
  • Honolulu (2nd)
  • Ottawa (3rd)
  • Minneapolis (6th)
  • Vancouver (tied 13th)
  • Montreal (tied 13th)
  • Wellington (5th)
  • Adelaide (7th)
  • Kobe (9th)
  • Perth (12th)
  • Auckland (13th)
  • Helsinki (3rd)
  • Copenhagen (8th)
  • Oslo (tied 9th)
  • Stockholm (tied 9th)
  • Nurnberg (tied 13th)
  • Bern (tied 13th)
  • Cape Town (30th)
  • Victoria (38th)
  • Muscat (48th)
  • Johannesburg (54th)
  • Abu Dhabi (tied 65th)
  • Dubai (tied 65th)

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Welcome to Canada to Study and Tour

Canada is a wonderful country for the long time citizens and the short term visitors who tour, study, vacation, live and work in this open modern democratic society.

Canada is the world leader in humanitarian peace keeping, medical and logistical aid to the entire world in times of need. Most of the countries around the world trust Canada in times of need to provide medical and emergency rescue services.

Canada ranks first among the G20 countries in providing equal opportunities for immigrants of any ethnic or religious background. Canada is the world leader with immigration laws to assist the hiring of professional foreign labour and seasonal workers.

Canada also has one of the world’s most multilingual societies. Canadians identify over 220 languages as their mother tongues. In a recent quality-of-life ranking of 215 world cities by Mercer Human Resources Consulting, five Canadian cities ranked among the top 25. Using the United nations rankings Canada has had at least 2 cities in the top 10 since 1994.

Canada has the best overall quality of life among all of the G-20 countries for newcomers.

There are several exciting culture, language and travel exchange opportunities available for international English students and teachers to see real natural Canadian wilderness and study in a living classroom. Canadians have preserved their natural environment with 42 national parks and national park reserves. Some Canadian Parks have been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Each Canadian province and territory has designated provincial parks, wilderness areas, ecological and nature reserves. There are over 2000 of these Federal and provincial designated parks and sites across Canada.

Canada is a highly favoured study abroad location for English, academic studies and career training. We have several ESL in Canada World Country pages with Canada overseas embassy, trade mission, and visa office information to assist teachers and students interested in traveling to Canada to study.

We want you to travel to Canada to study and live in our safe, calm and peaceful society.

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