Last Updated on October 14, 2016
Toronto has become a go-to destination for experienced Americans looking to further their careers and gather international experience.
The Ontario giant came in third behind London and Sydney in a LinkedIn report on where educated and experienced Americans choose to live and work. The research looked at where 25,000 Americans have chosen to based themselves since 2010.
The city’s popularity is broadly put down to its ‘livability’, which more specifically means safety, schooling, health care, job prospects, culture and diversity.
Where Expat Professional Americans Choose to Live
While Toronto may not rank highly among ambitious American university students considering a first career move, it has climbed the ladder when it comes to experienced professionals who are deeper into their careers.
Recruiters put it down to two factors.
First, employers are looking more and more for international experience when it comes to recruiting staff.
Second, Toronto has featured highly on in a number of ‘best places to live’ surveys conducted by high-profile publications.
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It means that American employees are actively looking to live and work abroad, and when they do research, Toronto pops up as a recommended destination.
Toronto featured alongside Vancouver and Calgary in the top five most ‘livable’ cities, according to a recent ranking produced by the Economist magazine.
Vancouver came in third, Toronto fourth and Calgary joint fifth in the table, which scored countries based on infrastructure, culture, environment, health care, education and stability.
Top 10 Most Livable Cities
Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit
Toronto came in just 0.1 of a point below Vancouver, with an overall score of 97.2. It also scored a perfect 100 for health care, education and stability, according to the Economist.
Toronto scored a 97.2 for its culture and environment, while it came out lowest on infrastructure, with a score of 89.3.
Another recent study, this time conducted by the BBC, declared Toronto the most diverse city in the world, with half its population born outside Canada among 230 different nationalities.
Toronto’s Diversity in Numbers
Total population: 2,576,030
There could also be political motivation for Americans to make the move north.
The US saw a spike in Google searches for ‘how to move to Canada’ on the day Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won a swathe of Super Tuesday states in the race for the nomination.
As the prospect of Trump challenging for the White House became a reality, many Americans began looking for a way out.
Canadian immigration lawyer Colin Singer, Managing Partner of immigration.ca, was quoted in a CNN Money article about what it takes for an American to move to Canada. Watch him being interviewed on the subject here.
Figures: Toronto Real Estate Board
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