Victoria, British Columbia Crowned Best City In Canada

Don’t tell the folks in Toronto but their town didn’t make it to the top ten places to live in Canada list just released by MoneySense. The top city honour goes to Victoria, British Columbia beating the long time list favorite Ottawa-Gatineau.
Toronto ranked a lowly 79th place.

So why did Toronto score so poorly? Our housing costs are way up at the top end of the spectrum. Out of 154 cities Toronto came in 141 on that one.

Toronto also has a higher unemployment rate than many other Canadian cities.

The good news though is Toronto is second when it comes to having people employed in the arts, culture, recreation and sports. Only those French guys in Quebec beat us there.

The top ten city list:

10. Brandon, Man.
9. Peterborough, Ont.
8. Winnipeg, Man.
7. Fredericton, N.B.
6. Moncton, N.B.
5. Vancouver, B.C.
4. Burlington, Ont.
3. Kingston, Ont.
2. Ottawa-Gatineau
1. Victoria

So what makes the top ten so great to live in? A combination of key factors like climate, housing, wealth and the arts are a few areas MoneySense looked at while composing their list.

So who was the winner in each category?

Climate

Rain/Snow Days: Okotoks, AB
Closest to 700mL/year for percipitation: Barrie, ON
Warm weather: Powell River, BC
Air quality: Squamish, BC

Housing
Lowest home prices: Bathurst, NB
Time-to-buy index: Baie-Coomeau, QC

Prosperity

Average household income: Wood Buffalo, AB
Household discretionary income: Calgary, AB
Unemployment rate: Estevan, SK
New cars on the road:Whitehorse, YK
Income tax: Yellowknife
Provincial sales tax: Whitehorse, YK

Lifestyle

Crime rate: Saint-Hyacinthe, QC
Walk or bike to work: Yellowknife
Doctors( per 1,000): Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
Health professionals:Portage la Prairie,MB
Transit use: Montreal and Toronto
Population Growth: Centre Wellington, ON

Buzz

Those living the arty dream: 1 Montreal
2Toronto

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