Vancouver tops N. American rankings for quality of life

TORONTO - Vancouver is once again ranked the top city in North America in the latest annual quality of living rankings by consulting firm Mercer.

See Full Article

The city also maintained its fifth spot among cities around the world and its place as the only North American city to crack the top 10.

Vienna was tops for overall quality of living, followed by Zurich, Auckland, New Zealand and Munich -- all the same as a year ago.

"Quality of living continues to be high in Canada with a stable political environment and positive social benefits, offering a very desirable and safe place to live and work for residents and expatriate employees," said Gordon Frost, leader of Mercer's talent business in Canada.

"Our sustained high ranking is attractive to multinational corporations and their employees as they look to expand in Canada and provide significant opportunities to both Canadians and workers from abroad."

The rankings are based on a broad range of factors including social and economic conditions, public services, recreation and environment.

Vancouver's place at the top for North America comes despite concerns about the cost of living and home prices due to the city's red-hot real estate market.

Housing affordability for Vancouver has become a key issue for the city, where the average cost of a detached house in many neighbourhoods has soared past the million-dollar mark.

Other Canadian cities on the list include Toronto at 15th, Ottawa at 17th, Montreal at 23rd and Calgary at 32nd. The top U.S. city was San Francisco at 28th.

The report also ranks cities by measuring other factors including personal safety, which is based on internal stability, crime and local law enforcement, as well as their home country's relationship with other nations.

Luxembourg was the highest ranked on the personal safety list followed by Bern, Switzerland, Helsinki and Zurich -- all tied for second.

The five Canadian cities included in the ranking were tied at 16th on the personal safety list. No U.S. cities made the top 50 for personal safety.

"Canada's major cities continue to be much safer than every U.S. counterpart. This is extremely appealing for ex-patriate employees looking to bring their families with them as they move abroad for work," Frost said.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships no longer in place after court ruling

    World News CTV News
    MIAMI -- Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships are no longer in place under a Friday ruling by a federal appeals court, while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seek to fight a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations. Source
  • Search for bodies concludes at site of Florida condo collapse

    World News CBC News
    Firefighters on Friday declared the end of their search for bodies at the site of a collapsed Florida condo building, concluding a month of painstaking work removing layers of dangerous debris that were once piled several storeys. Source
  • Africa became hardest hit by terrorism this year: UN experts

    World News CTV News
    UNITED NATIONS -- Africa became the region hardest hit by terrorism in the first half of 2021 as the Islamic State and al-Qaida extremist groups and their affiliates spread their influence, boasting gains in supporters and territory and inflicting the greatest casualties, UN experts said in a new report. Source
  • Fauci says prospect of open border for fully vaccinated Canadians part of active U.S. talks

    Canada News CBC News
    U.S. President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci says the prospect of opening the U.S. border to fully vaccinated Canadians is part of an "active discussion" in the White House. "I can tell you that the border situation and letting Canadians in who are fully vaccinated is an area of active discussion right now in the U.S. Source
  • Palestinians say teen killed by Israeli gunfire in West Bank

    World News CTV News
    RAMALLAH, WEST BANK -- Palestinian health officials on Friday said a 17-year-old youth was shot and killed by Israeli troops during a clash in the occupied West Bank. The shooting occurred in Nebi Saleh, a village where residents have held numerous demonstrations over the years against the expansion of a nearby Israeli settlement on what they say is their land. Source
  • Salmon are getting cooked by climate change. Here's how they could be saved

    Canada News CBC News
    A heat wave is expected to kill all juvenile chinook salmon in California's Sacramento River, wildlife officials say. Meanwhile, climate change and extreme heat waves are hitting Canada's salmon too, on both coasts. So, how bad is it here, and what can be done to save our salmon? CBC News explains. Source
  • 'Barney' the bull eludes capture days after farm escape on Long Island

    World News CTV News
    MASTIC, N.Y. -- An escaped bull has eluded capture for several days on Long Island despite searchers employing a helicopter and night-vision equipment along with attempts to lure the roaming animal with grain and a cow. Source
  • China's Xi visits Tibet amid infrastructure boom, rising controls over religion

    World News CBC News
    Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Tibet as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region's traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development and modernized infrastructure. State media reported Friday that Xi visited sites in the capital, Lhasa, including the Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Street and the public square at the base of the Potala Palace that was home to the Dalai Lamas, Tibet's traditional spiritual and temporal…
  • Swastika painted next to Jewish man's car in Kelowna, B.C.

    Canada News CTV News
    VANCOUVER -- An osteopathic practitioner in Kelowna says he's been targeted for his Jewish heritage before, but that didn't make what happened on Wednesday any easier. Michael, who asked CTV News Vancouver not to use his last name or image because of concerns for his safety, had just finished work at his West Kelowna clinic and was loading his things into the back seat of his car when he noticed the swastika painted on the pavement behind the vehicle. Source
  • Yogi Muise, cornerstone member of Cape Breton's Men of the Deeps, has died

    Canada News CBC News
    Yogi Muise, a longtime member of Cape Breton's Men of the Deeps, has died. He performed with the choir of former coal miners for over 50 years. Muise, who was 85, is being remembered for his love of music as well as being a big, gentle man who loved to listen to people's stories. Source