Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver rank amongst world’s most livable cities

According to the latest report published by the Economist Intelligence Unit Global Livability Index, three of Canada’s cities have been ranked among the top ten livable cities in the world, namely Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver. Of them, Calgary in Alberta was the highest ranked cities and is fifth in the 140 cities surveyed by the index. Vancouver and Toronto were placed sixth and seventh respectively. For the second year in a row, Vienna, Austria, has been named the most livable city in the world for the second year in a row.

Key Factors to be noted here

A number of factors are taken into account in terms of qualitative and quantitative aspects across five major categories:

  • Stability: This examines the prevalence of crime and threat of terror, military conflict or civil unrest.
  • Healthcare: It is determined whether healthcare services are readily available over private and public sectors, over the counter drugs and other general health indicators.
  • Environment and Culture: This looks at social components, religious restrictions, food and drink, levels of social corruption, temperature rating and other related components.
  • Education: This determines the quality and the availability of education across both private and public sectors.
  • Infrastructure: This takes into account the quality of roads and the public transportation, housing infrastructure among others.

In case the city gets a 100 in any category, it is considered the ideal condition whereas a score of 1 means it is intolerable to stay there.

For Calgary, the overall score was 97.5 and it got a perfect score in four categories with only Culture and Environment score getting 90 out of 100. On the other hand, Vancouver got a perfect score in the same category as well as in Education and Healthcare. It however, fell a little behind in Infrastructure and Stability categories with scores of 92.9 and 95 respectively. On the other hand, Toronto earned 100 in Stability, Healthcare and Education but got the lowest score in top 10 for infrastructure at 89.3. It received 97.2 for Culture and Environment.

Specific Points for Each City

Here’s a look at some of the aspects of the cities:

Calgary: It is a top destination for oil and gas industry and the fourth largest city in Canada with a population of 1.2 million. It is also the largest city in Alberta. A report had earlier shown that Calgary also received the highest number of immigrants between 2011 and 2016. There are also a number of options by the Government of Alberta that immigrants can make use of through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.


Located in British Columbia, it is the third most populous city in Canada and has a population of 2.4 million. Many TV shows and films are shot here. About 142,000 immigrants came to Vancouver in 2011 and 2016 and they accounted for 81% of all immigrants to British Columbia. The immigrants can make use of the programs offered under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.


Located in Ontario and known as the tech hub in Canada, the city is a direct rival to Silicon Valley and Seattle. About 80,100 tech jobs have been created in Toronto since 2013. Almost 76% of the immigrant who moved to Ontario in 2011 and 2016 settled in Toronto and of the 6.4 million people who are settled in GTA, 64% are immigrants. The immigrants can make use of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

With all these factors in place, the three cities of Canada had made it to the top ten list of the index and the eyes of the world are on them.