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  • Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary Most Resilient Cities in the World

    Three Canadian cities were recently ranked as the top three “most resilient cities” in the world out of 50 major cities evaluated around the globe. This 2014 assessment was conducted by the Grosvenor real estate firm, which develops properties internationally. The study examined such “resiliency” factors as infrastructure, resources, climate, projected population growth, government and environment in the 50 large cities surveyed, with the total score consisting of a combination of points given for “vulnerability” and “adaptability” on an overall scale of 0-100 points. Toronto was ranked as the #1 “most resilient city” in the world and awarded 100 points, while Vancouver came in second place with 98 points and Calgary was rated as the world’s third most-resilient city with 97 points. According to the report, “Canadian cities have a strong combination of low vulnerability and high adaptive capacity” and this “resiliency” helps to make Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary great places to live. It’s not surprising, therefore, that these three Canadian cities are also top destinations for people who immigrate to Canada.


    A similar study conducted in 2013 by the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) evaluated 140 major cities around the globe and named Vancouver as the third “most livable city” in the world, with Toronto rated #4 and Calgary coming in 5th place. The EIU study assessed the 140 cities based on five major factors (infrastructure, stability, culture & environment, healthcare, and education) and gave them a score of 0-100, with 100 being a perfect score. Vancouver has an impressive score of 97.3 out of 100 points possible, while Toronto was given 97.2 points and Calgary was awarded 96.6 points on the EIU “livability” scale.


    These reports and other studies may focus on different criteria in assessing the quality of life in the world’s major cities, but they reach a similar conclusion: Canadian cities offer one of the highest standards of living on Earth! This helps to explain why hundreds of thousands of people from across the planet apply to immigrate to Canada every year. Furthermore, the Canadian government wants thousands of skilled foreign workers to immigrate to Canada and has developed several special programs to attract people who can contribute to the Canadian economy and society. To find out if you may qualify to apply for immigration to Canada, click here!    


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