A Good Reason to Immigrate to Canada



Mercer has completed its 2009 ranking of the best quality of life cities in the world. Vancouver, BC came in fourth, a fraction behind Vienna, Zurich and Geneva.
The good news for immigrants is that the cost of living in Vancouver is much less than those European cities.

But Vancouver isn’t the only story, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary also ranked highly.

Mercer summarizes North America as follows:

“There have been few changes in the rankings for North American cities. Canadian cities still dominate the top of the index for this region.”

Mercer evaluates local living conditions in all the 420 cities it surveys worldwide. Living conditions are analysed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories:

  • Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc)
  • Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services, etc)
  • Socio-cultural environment (censorship, limitations on personal freedom, etc)
  • Health and sanitation (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc)
  • Schools and education (standard and availability of international schools, etc)
  • Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transport, traffic congestion, etc)
  • Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc)
  • Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc)
  • Housing (housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services, etc)
  • Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters)

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Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile