Quality of Life in Canada

11 May 2019 by National Bank
quality of life in Canada

Canada stands out among other countries for its quality of life. It distinguishes itself with its internationally renowned universities, close proximity to nature, cultural diversity and even its safety and security. Discover six great reasons to move to Canada.

1. Ranks #1 in the world

In 2017 and 2018, Canada topped the list of rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its exemplary quality of life. It came out ahead of Scandinavian countries such as Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The rankings analyzed the treatment of countries’ citizens through different phases of their lives.

2. Internationally renowned universities

Canadian universities have an excellent reputation internationally. Every year, many of them end up on Quacquarelli Symonds’s (QS) highly coveted ranking of the best universities in the world. For 2018, the University of Toronto ranked 31st, McGill University in Montreal 32nd and the University of British Columbia 51st. Although francophone institutions are less commonly ranked, the Université de Montréal landed at number 130 on the list.

Canada is also home to some of the best university cities in the world, according to QS. Montreal ranked 4th, whereas Toronto and Vancouver ranked 13th and 17th respectively.

3. Breathtaking environment

Canada is known for its wide, open spaces and is the second largest country in the world next to Russia. Canadians are spoiled by the country’s diverse natural ecosystems, 25% of which are wetlands, 16% Arctic and 15% forests.

To help people enjoy Canada’s great outdoors, the country created a vast network of national parks, including the renowned Banff National Park and Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Nature lovers are also drawn to Ontario, home to national parks of its own like Bruce Peninsula, but also where you’ll find 340 Ontario Provincial Parks, notably Algonquin, Bon Echo and Killarney. Ontario parks encompass almost 8% of the province—an area larger than Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.

4. Safety and security

You can move to Canada worry-free, as the country scored a 9.1 out of 10 for its security, according to the OECD Better Life Index. No less than 81% of Canadians say they feel safe walking alone at night—the average OECD country reports 69%. Canada’s homicide rate is also low at 1.4% for every 100,000 citizens, compared to an OECD average of 3.6%.

5. Canadian values and integration

All Canadians’ fundamental rights are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Plus, Canada is known around the world for its warm welcoming of newcomers to the country. Immigrants receive guidance and support in their job search and can receive free language training. Ontario has created its own service offerings, including assistance finding housing, settling into the community, accessing healthcare and other social services and more.

6. Many choice cities to live in

Many Canadian cities find themselves among the best places in the world to live—simply check the rankings by the human resources consulting firm, Mercer. Vancouver ranks 5th in the world, Toronto 16thand Montreal 21st.

Final thoughts

Canada is a veritable champion for excellent quality of life, thanks to its universities, environment, security and values. Don’t forget that every region has its own unique qualities. Which Canadian city will you choose to start enjoying this vast country?

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