For decades, Canada has remained one of the top choices for immigration, probably even the number one for those in search of a better life, more savings and greater prospects. It has also been consistently ranked among the top countries for quality of life. Some of the reasons why it has been so immensely popular are its laidback rules and regulations concerning immigrants, its strong economy, the plethora of opportunities for employment as well as personal growth, and various social programs with numerous benefits. Canada has a high degree of freedom as well, combined with strong social and liberal values, in addition to economic freedom, government transparency, environment quality, civil liberties, housing, health and education. It has been in the top 20 list of countries in the last three years based on GDP per capita, and as of 2017, it was 10th on the list of Human Development Index across the world. Here are the top choices among.
Ottawa is the capital, and it ranks number one among other Canadian cities in terms of quality of life and safety index. It also has the lowest employment rate across the country, and offers plenty of jobs and opportunities in industries, government, and other sectors. Ottawa is home to several world-class research centers and academic institutions. Located along the south bank of the Ottawa River, the city is home to a number of historic landmarks, museums, galleries, and several other cultural attractions as well. It is a popular cosmopolitan shopping destination, with various restaurants, and is renowned for its outdoor activities.
Named after Mount Royal, Montreal is the second most populous city in Canada. It is a popular destination among international students, businesses and tourists. Being one of the oldest cities in North America, it is a unique blend of ancient and modern architecture, with a taste of European flavor. It also serves as a prime hub for aerospace, pharmaceuticals, technology, arts, recreation and shopping. Montreal is also known for its multiculturalism that is promoted and celebrated by its diverse population. Nestled along the St. Lawrence valley, it has four distinct seasons, each offering a rand of unique cultural, sporting, and entertainment activities.
In terms of population, Toronto ranks at number one in Canada, and a large percentage of it is made up of immigrants. It is renowned for being one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and the city takes pride in its diverse range of cultures, art, languages and food. Toronto boasts several world-class restaurants, one of the liveliest nightlife scenes in the world, and tons of cultural attractions. Recognized as Canada’s commercial capital, the city leads in a number of sectors, including education, technology, finance and life sciences. Toronto has also often been described as one of the most economically powerful cities, and it attracts a lot of foreign investment due to the size of its economy, cost of living and quality of life. The average median income in Toronto has been increasing over the past decade, whereas the unemployment rate has been on the decline.
Vancouver is a coastal city in the west coast of Canada, and it is a wonderful combination of stunning natural beauty and modern cosmopolitan marvel. The city has an incredibly diverse population, with the majority being from South Asia and China. Vancouver is the best choice is Canada when it comes to outdoor living, and the city is known for its sparkling beaches, spectacular mountains, and stunning foliage. It is also popular among tourists for shopping, entertainment and cultural activities. Vancouver has a reputation for being one of the best dining destinations in Canada owing to its diverse cuisine influenced by its multicultural population. The economy is highly diversified among sectors like technology, trade, international commerce, natural resources and film. With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, it is also a popular choice for start-ups. Vancouver has been consistently listed as one of the most livable cities in the world.
Calgary is one the cleanest cities in the world, and one of the wealthiest and safest cities in Canada. Calgary sits over a vast prairie far above sea level, and the weather is semi-arid. The population mainly comprises of immigrants from South Asia, and it’s the third most populous city in Canada. Financial services, transportation, aerospace, technology and energy sectors are the major drivers of the economy, and it’s one among the top choices for engineers, mechanics and miners. Declining oil prices have hit the economy hard, with unemployment rates being amount the highest in the country in recent years.
One of the greenest cities in Canada, Edmonton has the largest expanse of urban parks. It is also one of the sunniest cities in the country, with various festivals taking place during summer. Edmonton is major cultural, educational and governmental hub. Nicknamed the “Oil Capital of Canada”, the largest industry id petrochemicals. Employment opportunities have also declined due to the setbacks in the oil industry, but IT, banking and biotechnology sectors offer plenty of potential.
7. Quebec City
Québec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America, and UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1985. Today, it is a modern society offering a high quality of life. Known for its rich culture and European charm, it has a vibrant arts scene and thriving nightlife as well. Québec City is known for its career opportunities, tolerance and cultural diversity. It offers several outdoor and cultural activities, entertainment and recreation all throughout the year. Public administration, defense, commerce, transport and tourism are the major sectors for employment. The city has a very affordable cost of living, which also makes it a popular destination for international students.
An hour’s drive from Toronto, Waterloo offers a blend of countryside with a cosmopolitan city.
It has become increasingly popular as a destination to live, study, work and invest. It has an extremely strong technology sector with numerous of IT firm headquarters, as well as research and development centers. Waterloo is also home to three well-known think tanks. It has a really thriving cultural scene, with several festivals taking place all year round. It also has several popular tourists locations, including various historical landmarks, art galleries, museums, etc. Waterloo has a diverse population, and offers high standards of living.
Regina is a beautiful city with plenty of historic buildings and stunning landscapes. It also serves as an excellent shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Regina hasn’t always been a popular choice for immigrants, but over the last several years, investments have significantly increased across different sectors in the economy, resulting in increased jobs. Due to the scarcity of skilled labor, the city is now becoming a top choice for job seekers. Regina has a fairly small population compared to other major cities in Canada.
Winnipeg is a multicultural city, and one of the sunniest places in Canada. Over the past decade, the surge in immigrants has boosted the economy, making it one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada. Nicknamed the “Gateway to the West”, Winnipeg is a major railway and transportation hub in Canada. It offers a variety of art, culture, entertainment and shopping sites. It conducts various annual festivals, and is home to several professional sports franchises as well. Winnipeg also has a rich history, with tons of unique architectural sites that are popular among tourists.