August 28, 2018

Oakville Ranked #1 on Canada’s Best Places to Live for New Canadians 2018!

Posted by Fabiola Arevalo - Bellissimo Law Group PC

Canada is known for it’s friendly people, spectacular scenery and booming economy. It’s no wonder people want to immigrate to start a new life for themselves or their family. Choosing a city to immigrate to is definitely a hard decision and there are a lot of factors that come into play. For example, the city of choice should be close to good universities and colleges, should be in a central location for job hunting and should be family-friendly. That being said, Oakville checked all of these boxes.

Oakville took the top spot in the Money Sense: Best Places to Live for New Canadians 2018: Top 100 Cities ranking system! Over the past 10 years, the percentage of visible minorities in Oakville has increased from 18 per cent to 31 per cent, according to the census. It is the 35th most linguistically diverse city in the country, with about 30 per cent of residents speaking a language other than English or French.

A large reason as to why Oakville is so popular for new Canadians that want access to the Toronto-area job market is that they don’t have to pay downtown prices for housing and the commute isn’t as bad as one might think. However, Oakville is still pricey and one should be economically stable in order to live there.

The ranking system is based on economy, affordability, access to healthcare, weather, commute, crime rate, taxes, demographics, culture and amenities. However, the weightings are adjusted to reflect the needs and interests of immigrants. It awards points to cities with a large percentage of the population speaking languages other than English or French and increases the importance of a low unemployment rate, affordable rents and access to an airport.

The Top 5 Best Places to Live for New Canadians are:

1. Oakville
2. Ottawa
3. Mont-Royal
4. King
5. Toronto

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