Thinking of moving to a new city? Waterloo, Calgary and Ottawa are considered the most attractive places to live and work in Canada, according to a survey by the Conference Board of Canada. They’re among the six cities that earned an overall “A” when ranked on such measures as education, environment, health, housing, innovation and society. The other top performers are Richmond Hill, Vancouver and St. John’s, though Edmonton came in ahead of St. John’s among university-educated workers.
Toronto ranked 13th on the list of 50 cities which puts it smack in the middle of the 14 cities that earned an overall “B” grade. Oshawa ranked last on the list of 50 cities the conference board ranked, just below Cambridge and Brantford. It was among 13 cities that drew an overall “D” grade.
The report, called City Magnets, was to be released Thursday at 8 a.m.
The assumption is cities that fail to attract skilled workers will struggle to stay prosperous and vibrant. Canada’s largest cities generally performed best in a category the board called “society.” The category measures levels of population diversity, use of public transit, access to culture and incidences of poverty and crime.
Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, and Ottawa were the top four on this score followed by Markham, Richmond Hill and Brampton. Each of these “A” cities has its own unique appeal, but they all share a diverse and strong multicultural base, the report found.
Richmond Hill has the most diverse population, with 59.3 per cent of its residents identifying as “foreign born.” Toronto was not far behind at 47.9 per cent.
Immigrants to Toronto have the worst economic success, however, earning just 61 per cent of what their Canadian-born counterparts earn, the study found.
Toronto offered the most options for commuting to work, with 46 per cent taking public transit, walking or cycling to work. That compares to just 13.7 per cent in the car-dependent suburb of Brampton.
But Toronto also had higher crime rates than the suburbs, roughly twice the levels. Montreal had the highest number of people living in poverty, while Toronto ranked 41st on that score
The results of the 2014 study largely reflect those of the 2010 cities report. Cities at the top remained there; cities at the bottom continue to struggle. For the first time, the study looked at whether university-educated workers have different criteria than less-educated workers when choosing a new place to live and work. The answer was no.
Source: The Star
Recently, the New York Times reported that the median income in Canada had surpassed the median income in the United States, based on over three decades of international income surveys analysed by LIS (a research group) and by The Upshot.
That analysis showed that despite having a higher median income as recently as 2000, the median income in the United States has now become lesser than the median income of several other countries including Canada. The data also showed that lower-income families in Canada and a majority of northern European countries earn more than their American counterparts do.
Despite having replaced the American middle class as being the world’s richest middle class recently, the Canadian middle class still has its fair share of anxieties. While many members of the Canadian middle class accepted the fact that they were better off comparatively than their American counterparts were, some of their major worries revolved around inequality, housing costs and everyday expenses for transportation and mobile phone plans.
Another thing that worried many members of the middle class in Canada was the thought of whether they would be able to afford college for their children and whether their children would be able to find good jobs thereafter.
The New York Times interviewed several members of the middle class to check how the above-mentioned trends of median middle class incomes globally, affected them. Most expressed their inability to compare their experiences with their American counterparts.
However, several members of the Canadian middle class accepted that they faced lesser financial stress about medical expenses than Americans did. Canadians also accepted that the American versions of the housing bubble and bust were more severe for the Americans than they were for them.
Some of the factors responsible for this extend beyond the obvious economic issues like housing and education, where young Canadian adults are more educated than their American counterparts are. Cultural differences also play a part in affecting the living standards. For example, while 80 percent of Canadian children live with two parents, only 68 percent of American children live with two parents.
However, Canadians are also aware that the American rich still have a massive lead over the Canadian rich. Despite this though, many members of the Canadian middle class preferred their experiences as Canadians. In the words of one of the people interviewed by the New York Times, “I think people in the U.S. seem to struggle more.”
Source: The New York Times