The latest edition of MoneySense’s Best Places to Live gives an overview of the best places to live in Canada. This year 417 places were ranked right down to communities with as few as 9,000 people. They don’t measure intangibles that may be important to you or me but the methodology of the rankings are in 36 categories based on robust economy, high wealth and incomes, home affordability, low taxes, transit friendly, health accessibility, low crime, arts and community and nice weather.
By these measuring devices, the #1 place to live is Ottawa. The best place on the Prairies is Weyburn coming in 5th place overall. Regina comes in 34th, Estevan is in 61st and Saskatoon is ranked the 109th best place in Canada to live, scoring decently in health accessibility, being transit friendly, and in arts & community. Moose Jaw’s ranking is 166, Swift Current 171, Yorkton 232, Prince Albert is #328, North Battleford is at 333, and that’s it for this province out of the total of 417. Noteworthy is that the five lowest rankings, 413 to 417, are all places in Nova Scotia. The Top Ten places with the warmest weather and least snow are all in Ontario. Nine of the ten best places to raise kids are in Quebec. The one exception is Ottawa. Best place to retire? Victoria, B.C. My folks retired in that city years ago and it is a great place to visit. Would I retire there? Ask me when I’m ready to retire.