September 29, 2014
Attractive Canadian Cities: Where Do Newcomers Want To Live?
In our everyday lives, we experience our city and its surroundings at a more intimate level than we do with Canada as a whole. This is an important variable for all Canadians and newcomers alike to take into consideration when choosing where to settle and start anew. The Conference Board of Canada recently released a report, entitled City Magnets III: Benchmarking the Attractiveness of 50 Canadian Cities, that outlines what Canadian cities are appealing to skilled workers and newcomers. According to Alan Arcand, Associate Director at the Centre for Municipal Studies, “attracting skilled workers is crucial to Canada’s competitiveness. Cities that fail to attract new people will struggle to stay prosperous and vibrant”. In particular, Waterloo, Calgary, Ottawa, Richmond Hill, and St. John’s scored highly in the ranking, citing attributes like a strong economy, culture of innovation and overall high quality of life as compelling reasons that explain why people aim to move to these cities.