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Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary among the best 10 cities in the world


Toronto, which regularly makes it to the top 10 of the world’s best cities to live in, has done it again.

And, as usual, two other Canadian cities share the honour, making three of the world’s top 10 cities Canadian.

Toronto placed fourth and  Vancouver and Calgary were in third and fifth place respectively on the list compiled each year by The Economist. Vancouver and Toronto also earned a perfect 100 on stability, health care and education. This, of course, comes as no surprise to those who make their home in these cities, or in any of the other cities in Canada, for that matter. 

Most of the 1.2 million immigrants who arrived in Canada between 2006 and 2011 settled in a census metropolitan area (CMA). Just over 6 in 10 (62.5 per cent) of these recent immigrants chose to settle in the three largest CMAs – Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver. 

140 cities are ranked on 30 factors related to stability, healthcare, education, culture, environment and infrastructure and all those who come here list the very same as factors that drew them to Canada. 

Canada’s publicly-funded schools and healthcare and the significantly lower post-secondary tuition costs at colleges and universities as compared to the US make the choice an easy one for most people considering immigration. People profiled in our sister publication, Desi News, repeatedly also cite Canada’s welcoming multiculturalism policies. 

Stability and infrastructure also play a big role in swinging the vote in Canada’s favour.

“The systems here all work,” is a common refrain.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, sixth largest government and home to a diverse population of 2.8 million people. It is Canada’s largest centre for international students with more than 30,000 students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in the city. 

In 2012, international students brought almost $1.2 billion into Toronto’s economy and helped generate more than 9,000 jobs. The Toronto region also received approximately 15,000 more tourists in 2012 from families and friends visiting the students. 

Posted: Oct 2, 2013

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