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Port Coquitlam among the top 20 most livable cities in Canada for newcomers

The Globe and Mail recently released a study ranking the most desirable cities for newcomers in Canada. The Globe examined how easy it was to integrate into the community, access to basic amenities and affordable housing. The ranking was meant for individuals who have arrived in Canada over the past five years.

The Globe collected data from 439 cities across the country, each with a population over 10,000. The evaluation involved an analysis of 43 variables, which span 10 categories that were identified as crucial when a person contemplates relocating to a new city. These categories were economy, housing, demographics, health care, safety, education, community, amenities, transportation and climate.

The ranking is as follows:

  1. Pitt Meadows, BC
  2. Victoria, BC
  3. Winnipeg, MB
  4. North Vancouver, BC
  5. Saanich, BC
  6. Wellesley, ON
  7. Burlington, ON
  8. Regina, SK
  9. Delta, BC
  10. Maple Ridge, BC
  11. West Vancouver, BC
  12. Oak Bay, BC
  13. Abbotsford, BC
  14. Colwood, BC
  15. Norwich, ON
  16. Parksville, BC
  17. Fort St. John, BC
  18. Port Coquitlam, BC
  19. Middlesex Centre, ON
  20. Coldstream, BC

The study identified certain categories as more important for people selecting a community to live in, such as housing, and weighed those categories more heavily than less significant categories, such as climate.