Best Places to Live 2010

Check out how your own community rated and why.

by MoneySense staff
April 30th, 2010

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MoneySense’s Best Places to Live is based on data compiled from 179 Canadian cities and towns with populations over 10,000 people. We rated cities based on climate, prosperity, access to healthcare, home affordability, crime rates and lifestyle with subcategories in each area. Being the best in one category does not improve a city’s chances — a city has to score well in all categories to come out on top. Our top city, Ottawa, captured 73.5 out of a possible 105 points. Check out how your own community rated and why.

Top 25 Best Places to Live Map

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Canada’s 25 top places to live are located across our country from Yellowknife in the north to Windsor on the southern U.S. border, and from Victoria to St. John’s. Navigate across the country and view these great cities. Click open each location and see the city’s rating in different categories and why it is a great place to settle.

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Click through the different categories to find out how the cities performed. To download full spreadsheets click here

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431 comments on “Best Places to Live 2010

  1. Ottawa? They obviously didn't take into account municipal taxes. Ottawa is the highest taxed city in Canada after Toronto. There is a condo in Vancouver selling for $2 million (3 bedrooms, 2500sq.ft.) with municipal taxes HALF of what I pay for a 1 bedroon 800 sqft condo in Ottawa! I will definately be leaving Ottawa when I retire; perhaps leaving Ontario as well. It is just too expensive here.

    • You said it Kelly and the rest of the country think we tax payers in Ottawa are the Fat Cats; mention Ottawa anywhere and everything bad in Canada is because of YOU. But I will not leave this city until I absolutely have to, it is the best place I have ever lived, lots of green space, waterways and GOOD people.

    • Yeah, but you have to pay two million for the condo. Trust me, I have lived all over the place and the grass is NOT greener on the other side.

    • You have absolitely no idea what you are talking about. I WISH I could have Ottawa's taxes on my property. My house in Ottawa had the same MVA as my house in Whitby. The taxes in Ottawa were $3100. The taxes in Whitby are $5400. Get back to me about how hard done by you are.

    • Well , I guess another magazine funded by travel Ontario and Quebec , haha whatever. The center of the universe speaks again. I 'll the the great outdoors in B.C. and Alberta thank you very much. Maybe people from ontario and quebec will stop moving to the west now ….

    • I live in Ottawa and I agree with you and some other posters here that if you are not making a very high salary then you really sink. The taxes are enormous and yes you see the city workers pretending to work – too many men for a job that one or two can do. I do know that it is a very clean city to live in and the roads are well plowed in the winter and much more than other cities in Canada. The bus system is not the greatest – it lacks a lot in quality. There is plenty of crime here in Ottawa and plenty of illegal drugs on the street. I have seen Ottawa throughout my 36 years here and it has gone from bad to worse. The city councellors are a useless bunch and kind of like a hick town where the same people are elected or just about. I didn't care for Toronto when I visited it in the mid 80's but I always liked Montreal.

    • but… but… where would you go? Where would we ALL go??!!

    • unless you've been to QC you don't know anything about high taxes stop complaining

    • with all those politicians and beauracrats there , no doubt their quality of life is better there… guaranteed job..don't have to work for it, full pension after 6 yrs… healthcare prob the best in the country…bet they don't wait in line ups….

      • DDo you actually believe the BS about civil servants. I work 10 hour days in two languages in Ottawa. My 21 year old jujust signed a private sector contract starting off at a salary equivalent to what I am making in my fifties.

    • WHAT IF U ARE A SINGLE WOMAN..I WANT A LIST OF THOSE CITIES FOR BEST…LOL

    • I live in vancouver and if you can find me a 2500 sq ft condo for 2 million let me know because thats a screaming deal. Trust me i'm well aware of taxes in Ottawa and yes they are high but they are here too plus real estate is just mental. Vancouver is the most unaffordable place in the WORLD to live its not a good argument to make.

    • I live in vancouver and if you can find me a 2500 sq ft condo for 2 million let me know because thats a screaming deal. Trust me i'm well aware of taxes in Ottawa and yes they are high but they are here too plus real estate is just mental. Vancouver is the most unaffordable place in the WORLD to live its not a good argument to make.

    • I live in vancouver and if you can find me a 2500 sq ft condo for 2 million let me know because thats a screaming deal. Trust me i'm well aware of taxes in Ottawa and yes they are high but they are here too plus real estate is just mental. Vancouver is the most unaffordable place in the WORLD to live its not a good argument to make.

    • yeah but i live in gatineau in a four bedroom on the river with attached granny flat and excellent municipal services – mmy taxes are half of what i would pay for a rundown townhouse on the ottawa side

    • Hey genius, Toronto has some of the lowest taxes in the province!

    • Kelly, sorry to say but you are sadly mistaken. Ontario is not expensive at all, unless you plan on retiring in Newfoundland

    • My dear Eastern Munchins.. I see good ol' Vancouver has been significantly left off the MoneySense list. 'Course all GLOBAL surveys name my city either #1 or in the top five best cities IN THE WORLD to live in.. You know why Van's housing is so expensive? Everyone wants to live here. I'd like to clear up an eastern misconception about west coast weather. Yup, it rains during our three month winters. Summer? Vancouver and Victoria see more sun THAN THE REST OF CANADA (see Environment Canada). I've spent alot of time in PQ and Ont. You get two weeks of Spring and Fall and then its cold. July and August? A continuous cycle of
      heat, humidty and rain with the odd tornado. Shall we mention black flies and mosquitoes? Please continue to keep us off your "liveable lists"..We're full.

    • your property taxes make you think it's too expensive there? Having just moved from eastern Ontario to BC, I think you'd better think again. You can save $800/yr on your property taxes by moving to that $2million condo in Vancouver, but you have to spend $2million to get the condo. My mortgage in Ontario was $750/month for a 4 bedroom house. Here I pay $2500/mo in rent for a small 2 bedroom apartment. And my grocery bill went up 40% as well. Ontario isn't that expensive!

    • Ok "Kelly" I've lived in Ottawa and Vancouver and I find it very hard to believe that a 2 milion dollar condo adds up to "HALF" of your Ottawa condo. You must be smoking what the locals do here in Vancity. Without a doubt, unecquivocally way more bang for your buck in Ottawa in comparison to Vancouver. But hey maybe you like out of control crime and dirty vagrant and drug addict filled streets and paying through the nose for everything from cheese to gas to hockey tickets to insurance for your car thank you very much state run monopoly on car insurance. I think I'll take the facts from the experts as opposed to you.

    • I've lived near Vancouver for 28 years. Let me warn you not to come here if you're looking to save on taxes and our cost of living is among the highest in the entire world! It's a beautifull place to live but you PAY for it dearly!

    • How about Haliburton Highlands wonderful area

  2. The only surprise to long-time residents of Burlington will be that it is not #1!

    • I've lived in Burlington my whole life and agree it's awesome…but #1? lol

    • Yup, I really can't understand having lived in all of the top 3 places, and looking at the stats, how Burlington does not come out as #1!!!

  3. At least you don't live in a shit hole like Saint John. Your only complaint is money. Do you have tennis courts, walking trails, bike trails, indoor fitness facilities? We have none on those and my municipal tax bill is over over $3000. Also good luck making more than $30k working in the private sector here in Saint John.

  4. hey sue
    its rod anderson here , i was brought up on cape breton island and due to the steel plant and tar ponds in sydney i was always told that sydney had the highest pollution and cancer rate per capita in canada .

  5. i love how like half the list is in Ontario even though the rest of the country thinks it's a big hole outside of Toronto/Ottawa

    no vancouver, no kelowna, no st. john's…. but windsor is right up there, hahaha

    • Vancouver is great if you love the rain and high cost of living.

      • So True!!

        I live on the West Coast right now but dream of St. John's . I would vote it number one place for beauty, culture, people, landscape and prosperous future ahead. I love that city!

      • So True!!

        I live on the West Coast right now but dream of St. John's . I would vote it number one place for beauty, culture, people, landscape and prosperous future ahead. I love that city!

    • LOL Newfoundland IS a hole

      • Oh Fred you are soo soso Wrong. I was born and raised in Vancouver but spent some time in University in St. John's Newfoundland. That place is the gem of Canada. It is a little Ireland. Beautiful. Scenery, music, women, culture. I have never ever met a more genuine person that those that live there.
        My dream is to marry a Newfoundland girl and move back to my favourite city….St. John's

      • Oh Fred you are soo soso Wrong. I was born and raised in Vancouver but spent some time in University in St. John's Newfoundland. That place is the gem of Canada. It is a little Ireland. Beautiful. Scenery, music, women, culture. I have never ever met a more genuine person that those that live there.
        My dream is to marry a Newfoundland girl and move back to my favourite city….St. John's

    • I agree with Chris: i love how like half the list is in Ontario even though the rest of the country thinks it's a big hole outside of Toronto/Ottawa
      no vancouver, no kelowna, …. but windsor is right up there, hahaha

      It's amazing how the entire west coast of Canada was all but eliminated from the list

    • That's the first thing I noticed too. All except one city is in eastern Canada. Why dont they get serious here?
      The west is by FAR the BEST!

    • totally agree – lived in windsor, travelled to vancouver – the categories and criteria have major flaws

    • I've lived in Kelowna for the past 20 years ,and now live in Peachland . For me you cant beat the Okanagan !

  6. Oakville number 32??? thats a joke,,, show me anyone who would prefer Regina over Oakville….. or just about any other place….

    • I'm not suprised, they must have took into accout all the snobby people that live there.

    • Regina is a great place! Small city life can't be beat!

    • Sure if you can afford a $500,000 house.

    • Yes, I've been to Regina

    • Oakville is beautiful, but never felt like home when I lived there. I'm back in Burlington and loving it.

    • Oakville??? the blandest place on the planet, its like the Martha Stuart designed a town, vacuous, empty and dull

    • Hey, hey, hey

    • LOL I was just looking for Oakville myself!! Can't believe it it's #32…….should trade places with Burlington….love Oakville….

      • Damn right! The OKV is the place to be…. I'll never leave.

    • ohhhh cry me a river, your days of being ahead of Burlington are over!!!!!

    • regina?, regina is the crime capital of canada

  7. i agree Burlington is a great place

  8. seriously. I'm from Toronto but live in BC now. Was Kelowna some how excluded from this survey?

    • Data from Kelowna was wrong – there IS a university in Kelowna, not just a college, and the days below zero are about 50 days wrong, when compared to the nearby cities of Vernon and Penticton.

      • We will include a university in Kelowna on future lists. The cold days data is correct as taken from Environment Canada.

    • born and raised there and if they hadn't turned it into one big strip mall with affordable housing then it might be higher on the list. nice in the summer by the lake though !

    • well kelowna finished in the bottom hundred, apparently UBC-O is not an university and okanagan college is not a college . penticton finished terribly low and as some one who is life long penticonite who has moved to Calgary i can tell u the okanagan cities are ranked far far too low.

    • I agree. Kelowna, and the whole Okanagan, is a great place to live. It is #115 I think. Vernon is like #37 or something. ALSO they screwed up and said Kelowna doesn't have a university. Excuse me? I sitting there right now. They must have old data, which completely undermines this list.

    • I agree. Kelowna, and the whole Okanagan, is a great place to live. It is #115 I think. Vernon is like #37 or something. ALSO they screwed up and said Kelowna doesn't have a university. Excuse me? I sitting there right now. They must have old data, which completely undermines this list.

    • ya, no kidding! But articles like this are great, because it keps all the ontario people out of BC and Alberta!

    • ya me too but,kelowna is too dam hott

    • Exactly what I was thinking. Should be top 5, imo. However, I see Eastern bias, as in everything. 6 BC towns in the top 10 worst places to live in Canada…none in TO. Of course.

  9. I used to get upset with results like that, but I have since realized that such studies are all about standards of living vs. quality of life. I live in Gatineau/Ottawa because of work and I would not advise anybody to move here! It's such a great place that half of the town goes to MTL or TO on weekends and the other half, in the paraphrased words of Andrew Cohen, get the first chance to get out and go in surrounding hills!

    • You're a joke! Ottawa is a fine city.

    • Don't assume that everyone behaves the way your friends do – half the town goes to Montreal or Toronto on weekends? I don't think so.

    • I would like to ask where you're getting your statistics that half the town goes to MTL or TO on the weekends. There are plenty of things to do/enjoy in Ottawa if you went out and about but people are too quick to complain…. You don't need to spend a lot of money to enjoy Ottawa, as you would in TO or MTL.

    • You are absolutely correct in your assessment. As a 13 year veteran of living in Ottawa, and now having moved to Montreal, what a difference! Heads and shoulders better in every camp……from a quality of life standpoint, not a standard of life standpoint.

      From a quality perspective, Montreal has…..better parks, better path ways, more life, better restaurants, more culture, more diversity, better public transit, better style, better quality homes, better music, better museums, better night life, and is just a world class city, whereas Ottawa is really a sprawling suburb interlinked with a highway, with a symbolic architecturally beige city center to give it the rank of "city".

      In fact, I would rank Toronto (4 year veteran of living there) and Winnipeg (12 year veteran of living there), far higher than Ottawa in terms of quality of life as well. Standards not withstanding…I will admit that my career got a leap in Ottawa, but that was when Ottawa was a high tech center. Now that Ottawa's high tech industry is now massively deflated, and is back to being a predominantly civil servant town again, there is no point moving there to be an engineer. I would recommend heading to the big centers again, since Waterloo is now the center.

      I know may native Ottawan's will not like my assessment, but…..they had 13 years to convince me, and couldn't do it. Thank god Montreal was so close to Ottawa all those years……and to think, I am not a Montreal native either!

  10. Toronto is not the highest taxed city in Canada. The surrounding cities in the GTA are taxed much more and get fewer services. I live in Toronto.

  11. Please take Burlington off this list. It's a terrible place to live. I've lived here for 3 years and just can't stand the parks along the lakeshore, the sight of white sails on blue water, the escarpment hiking trails, the tree lined streets, the parks, the downtown area….. Please tell everyone to go and live in Kingston or Ottawa, anywhere but here.

    • YOU ARE TOO FUNNY

      ANOTHER ANNOYED BURLINGTON RESDIENT..LOL

    • Sarcasm? Seriously?

  12. Fredericton has it all. Clean, friendly, enough shopping, walking trails, new fitness facilities, arenas and playing fields being erected. New convention center opening soon along with a new Hilton Hotel. New fitness center at UNB. It's a great place to live and raise a family.

    • A friend of mine lived in Fredericton and said it was a terrible place to live. She couldn't wait to get out.

      • I lived in Fredericton for many years and now live in Ottawa for over 5 years. It is nice here.

    • You are right!!! I lam a displaced Maritimer living in Ottawa and would be back in Freddy Beach if I could.
      You forgot to mention " The Boyce Farmers Market….Fredericton's social event of the week!!!

    • You are right!!! I lam a displaced Maritimer living in Ottawa and would be back in Freddy Beach if I could.
      You forgot to mention " The Boyce Farmers Market….Fredericton's social event of the week!!!

    • My Boyfriend is from Fredericton. Being from St. John's, NL, i met him when he moved here to go to school. He spent his whole life in Fredericton and hates it. He constantly talks about the stuck up "we're so great" attitude which seems to have no reasonable cause. I have visited Freddy a few times now, and find it incredibly dull and ugly. I thought NL was home to some of the most boring places in Canada but found Fredericton far FAR worse than St. John's. He'll never move back.

    • I lived there for 10 years. It was okay for first few years but now it has become very rude.

    • Yeah and no hockey team. No, seriously, …no hockey team.

      Best thing about Fredericton is that it is only 50 minutes away from Saint John.

      • UNB has an awesome hockey team.

    • Yes but you forget anti-francophone for the Capital of N-B try to get info in French of the street,go for Moncton instead….

    • I agree. Unfortunately with the huge student and recent graduate population, job hunting isn't always easy. Fredericton is very pretty and friendly.

      I don't really know where the "stuck up" and "unfrienldly" comment in one of the replies is coming from. In most maritime cities the general rule is: If you're friendly, people will be friendly in return.

      The great thing about Fredericton is that it is small. If you are a student, you'll likely live close to the university. Most things are within walking distance of the university.

      Freddy doesn't big skyscrapers, so it feels more like a town or a historical city.

    • However, one needs to be able to financially support that family. :) I am from New Brunswick, and miss the friendliness of the entire province, but jobs aren't that plentiful there right now. Perhaps someday, everyone will be be bilingual and have a great education so everyone will have a decent job with a fair income to support a family of 4 with enough left over to enroll the children in the extra programs so they aren't "bored".. I do miss it there. Will be back someday.

  13. Windsor #25! Are you kidding. The pollution there is so bad that it has the highest rate of cancer in Canada.

    • Leamington, my hometown just outside of Windsor was rated #1 I believe in 06. Despite is's automotive blue collar reputation, I personally love Windsor…small, friendly, inexpensive….central location meaning you can get to southern Florida or Colorado within a day, it has big citiy features in a smaller town setting and it has a beautuful countryside from where I dwell. Best of all, no traffic jams.

    • Windsor is a fantastic city……the whole friken planet is polluted…..give me a break!

    • I'm with you sue who ever did this servey should'nt have a job . Windsor has no work they have the highest rate of empty houses and crack heads holey moley

    • I couldn't agree more!

    • I'm with you sue who ever did this servey should'nt have a job . Windsor has no work they have the highest rate of empty houses and crack heads holey moley

    • Where did you get your facts?

    • Found you on google. Great article. Carry on the excellent work.

      • …I mean with the pollution bit…so much so you can taste it. Makes Toronto air seem ever so fresh!

  14. It's true… sadly. They also have the highest rate of late term miscarriages.

  15. From Victoria to Halifax. Give me a break! What about Newfoundland and Labrador, very obviously the very best place to live in Canada or elsewhere!

    • i was also wondering what happened to NL. thought maybe they had left Canada.

    • I agree however, I think they are talking about prosperity.

    • Apparently this web site has never heard of Newfoundland and Labrador. Too bad because you are right – it is the best place to live.

      • Sorry to offend the fine province of Newfoundland. We've fixed the line, and indeed, Newfoundland is included in our rankings. St. John's comes in at #65.

        • Ah, we are much much better than that. The fresh air we breathe is enough to make us No. 1, not to mention our wonderful people.

    • Bay Roberts NL is the worst place to live. Check out the 10 worst places! This place scored last! Hard to believe ?

    • Yes you are right Newfoundland and Labrador is the best place to live in Canada . Newfoundlanders are the friendiless people in Cnada and I am proud to be a Newfoundlander

      Christine

    • I totally agree with you ….

    • You can say that again!

      • Looking at this realistically, I think it is wonderful that Bay Roberts is in the 179th place of the best places to live in all of Canada. After all, there must be thousands of towns in Ontario alone the size of Bay Roberts, and many tens of thousands of similarly populated towns in all of Canada. So, way to go Bay Roberts, you beat all of them! I have always loved the Bay Roberts area. Perhaps the author of the report should swing by and see just how beautiful it really is.

    • Typical Newfie answer. I am in Sydney, NS. It is a nice place to live, thanks only to the coastal scenery. Other than that, it is a hole, right along with the rest of Cape Breton Island, Newfoundland, and most of the remaining maritime areas. No work, crime is rediculously high thanks to the much known drug habits of mostly NFL and NS, more pill heads in these 2 provinces than likely all of western Canada. I cannot wait to move the hell away from here and go back west, biggest mistake I made was coming out here. Everyone told me how great it was… JOKE!. Not to mention, everyone here has their heads stuck far up their own rear-ends, it may as well be part of the U.S. Anyways, Enough of this arguing with newfies in denial. I have newfoundland steak (balogna) sandwiches to make for work, since it's about the only thing one can afford living out here, even with 2 degrees in Computer Sciences and Technology. Pathetic, spare only the elderly, and burn this place to the ground and start over, using an accelerant on the drug addicts!

      • You are 100% correct!!!

        I think newfies think its so great cause they have lived anywhere else. So they cant compare. I got out and havent been happier.

    • Typical Newfie answer. I am in Sydney, NS. It is a nice place to live, thanks only to the coastal scenery. Other than that, it is a hole, right along with the rest of Cape Breton Island, Newfoundland, and most of the remaining maritime areas. No work, crime is rediculously high thanks to the much known drug habits of mostly NFL and NS, more pill heads in these 2 provinces than likely all of western Canada. I cannot wait to move the hell away from here and go back west, biggest mistake I made was coming out here. Everyone told me how great it was… JOKE!. Not to mention, everyone here has their heads stuck far up their own rear-ends, it may as well be part of the U.S. Anyways, Enough of this arguing with newfies in denial. I have newfoundland steak (balogna) sandwiches to make for work, since it's about the only thing one can afford living out here, even with 2 degrees in Computer Sciences and Technology. Pathetic, spare only the elderly, and burn this place to the ground and start over, using an accelerant on the drug addicts!

    • Having lived in St Johns for 5 years I can honestly say its the worst city i have lived in. That includes Mexico City and Tripoli, Libya. Worst weather imaginable, horrible city planning, a city hall that doesnt give a crap about its residents, crime running rampant because of a under funded police force. ( My car got broken into 3 times in 9 months). This is just a few things I can think of at the moment. Maybe the rest of NL is nice, but St. Johns is the Armpit of Canada. and smells like it too because of the sewage that is just pumped into the harbour.

    • I agree! I have lived in a few cities across Canada, and NL is by far the safest, prettiest, cleanest, friendlist (that somehow didn't make the list!) then any other city/town across Canada! We may not be the richest-but, damn it, we are the the ones to welcome anyone with open arms-ie Sept 11-it was Newfoundlanders that opened their arms to the world-I say stand up and be proud to be from NL

    • labrador city rocks…. robert from kingston

    • We are living in the US are from South Africa and after ten years we are ready to leave the US. We have a short of five provinces in Canada we considering to immigrate to.Newfoundland Labrador is! Can you please tell us more about this beautiful province and why you love it so much. I work in the petro- chemical field as a technician my wife is a elementary school teacher our son is almost five.Is this the place to start a new life in your opinion Thanks for your time it is much appreciated

      • I live in St. John's, the capital city. St. John's has an extremely vibrant arts community, is a hub of activity, particularly around the offshore oil activity, and is the oldest city in North America. However, it is very modern, very picturesque, the air is clean and refreshing, and the people are very friendly. The weather is unpredictable, however, we don't have earthquakes, tornados, or hurricanes. It is the third warmest Winter city in Canada. The scenery in all of Newfoundland is breathtaking. I would suggest that you and your family pay us a visit and see what we have to offer.

  16. Ottawa is OK if you don't mind incompetent city councils and over paid under worked city employees

    they great at leaning on shovels, council is good at screwing up everything they touch….please move here and pay extremely high taxes and nothing for them but &^%* ups

    • ok there..generalizing a bit much…

    • and where do you NOT get that?

  17. This was an interesting article, both for the subject matter, and being another example that “if you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything”.

    It would have been nice if the methodology of the ranking conversion were defined. I downloaded the dataset, and the top ten rankings based on the data are different than the article. Perhaps the writer should have paid a bit more attention in stats class.

    Top 10 -by weighted average rank of the 24 individual items is:
    Burlington
    Repentigny
    Ottawa-Gatineau
    Kingston
    Newmarket
    Oakville
    Levis
    Calgary
    Mississauga
    Laval

    while the top 10 by weighted average rank of the 4 categories is:
    Repentigny
    Fredericton
    Thunder Bay
    Brandon
    Windsor
    Burlington
    Moncton
    Winnipeg
    Kingston
    Clarington

    • The basic data may be incorrect as well. I looked at a couple of parameters for Kelowna and found some serious problems. For example, Kelowna is not supposed to have a university, but it has a campus of UBC – with over 6400 students in a system of over 52,000. Also, I note that Kelowna is supposed to have 77 days below 0 degrees, yet Vernon, only about 50 km away, has 27. I bet Penticton, 70 km south has less. Kelowna does not exist in some sort of frozen pocket! What's going on with the data???

    • Each category has a different weighting. Unemployment is worth 10, population is 10, transit is 5, universities, colleges and hospitals are 1, etc. So if a city ranks # 5 in transit, it gets less points than ranking 5 in population

    • hummm… interesting, it will be good to see what the author think about this.
      it will be good to know what statistical tool was used here.
      this is a response that deserve the author attention.

    • I love it that you played with the data yourself. You're so right…data can be manipulated in SO many ways that there's no way anyone should take stats results as gospel.
      Besides, not everyone considers the same 'things' to be priorities for QoL as others. I live in the 2nd to last ranked town (Williams Lake, BC) and, of all the cities and towns I've lived in or visited, I'm happiest here. It just goes to show, everything is relative.

    • it take it youve never been to HALIFAX

    • i live in kington and have not been to alot of those other places so my vote does not count….

  18. Ottawa is okay if you are retired or don't need a job. Since only 'this' city in Ontario was declared officially bilingual, it is nearly imposible to get a good paying job in a professional capaciy. if you do not speak French (fluently.) __There are lots of Beautul parks but be warned Canada, you could be spending alot of time on a park bench if , you do not speak French . Just think about it, you wouldn't be able to pay those high taxes

  19. Love the quality of info as well… Campbell River (ranked 174th) doesn't have a college, according to Money Sense. Okey dokey…guess that's why I can't find parking in the college parking lot ever… cuz there ISN'T one?

    • Community colleges do not count. There are thousands of them. In the US, universities are often called colleges.

    • that's funny….in an out of the woodsy sort of timber way

  20. Right about that buddy, I am with you. Look at the income rating for Oakville…I would say most richie rich live here in Oakville with over 220 corporate head offices. I just don'r understand how come Burlington is up there and Oakville at 32? Oakville is one of the best places to live with maximum green spaces and a safe town for kids to grow. I just don't get these ratings sometimes. Appears to be hiring a call center to place 30000 calls a day to American idols to bring participants ratings up. I just don't believe in these ratings. Live where you like to live than following these ratings. BD, Oakville.

    • Oakville is a beautiful place, should be #1 as the best place to live, if you can afford it.
      If I understand these rating correctly, the word 'affordable' is how Burlington is listed. There seems to be more housing available for the average family there than there is in Oakville.

    • I see how Burlington is #3. I used to think that Oakville was the best place to live. Maybe because we did get caught up in the fact that it is a very prestigious suburb but that's all it really is. We lived there for 6 years and moving to Burlington was the best decision we ever made. Burlington has so much to offer and the residents here are amazing. It may be difficult for some people to understand why Burlington is #3 if you don't have much to compare it too. Throughout the years my husband and I have lived in Downtown Toronto, Oakville and Mississauga. Burlington has great parks, schools, neighbourhoods, and people.

  21. Burlington is Glorified Hamilton. Everything you just listed above is in Hamilton as well but just covered with gray ash.
    Bob, Oakville.

    • Theres just alot more snots in Oakville…we are more down to earth in Burlington

  22. Why not Mississauga in the top 10, among the most livable city in the GTA, or in Canada, public facilities: like parks, communitiy centers, libraries, commercial centers. It is a good place to live, work and play, a growing and vibrant and progressive city without forgetting it's past.

    • Yes, I think Missassauga should be #1 .. I lived there for a long time and loved it .. wish I had never left. The very best Mayor in the world.. ok second but for me Hazel is always #1.. luva Hazel. go get them girl.. Sue

    • It's past is a massive infrastructure deficit, sure to crush the city in the next ten years.

    • It's past is a massive infrastructure deficit, sure to crush the city in the next ten years.

    • Mississauga used to be a great place – I grew up there. Seems like everything has gone downhill in my opinion – I think a good portion of people have just stopped caring about the community they live in – I know people that have moved out because of things they have either seen, heard or have had happen to them. I'm sure there are still some "nice" pockets, but overall the city isn't as good as it used to be.

  23. This is a great list. Newmarket ranked at 15 this year and the only York Region city to be ranked so high – no surprise, they have the best kept secret – their outdoor summer theatre produced by Resurgence Theatre. It's truly a magical experience to attend one of their plays, under a tent by Fairy Lake. They were everywhere last year from Richmond Hill to Brampton to Barrie. They certainly contribute to the quality of life for everyone in this community. There's also some great golf to be played here.

  24. Whoo hoo!!! Ottawa rocks!

    • And… THAT'S the problem with OTTAWA… IT ROCKS! Now, if it DANCED, then I might agree with you ;-)

    • And… THAT'S the problem with OTTAWA… IT ROCKS! Now, if it DANCED, then I might agree with you ;-)

    • Nice city with a lot of potential – I think you have to be a certain type of person to live there (it isn't for everyone). However, if you compare with other capital cities, there should be more going on (ever notice that downtown goes dead after 10/11pm – & I'm sorry, going to the pub or the "odd" show that comes into town isn't my idea of great things to do). Plus there seems to be a lot of negative attitude (listen how people talk – don't know if it's because it is a govt town and people are bitter) – taxes are wayyyy tooo high for what you get & not enough stuff for kids/tweens/teens to do (is there a reason why families travel hours to other cities for fun). Ottawa is great for retirement or lifestyle (ie. hiking, hockey, skating, etc.).

  25. I'am glad to living in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. It is truly a beautiful city, lots of parks, the canal, the market. I have been throughout U.S.A. and all of Canada, and when I return to Ottawa this is still the best city to live… bar none.It's a great city to live the people are friendly and are alot of fun.

  26. Yeah, if you're a retard with no ambition.

    • I cannot even believe how drastically offensive this is. Speaking as a Newfoundlander AND the sister of a recently deceased developmentally delayed brother, it is my opinion that only the type of person suffering from the very traits you are mentioning would anonymously accuse anyone of said traits. My whole life i have let ignorant people who bash NL's comments just roll of my back, but i am sick of it.

      Why in this recession did NL's economic growth continue to soar? Why has the housing market soared, and will continue to soar for at least the next 8 years? Why is the tourism industry experiencing some of the most profitable years to date?

      Newfoundlanders don't take ourselves seriously – we joke quite satirically about ourselves. It's outsiders who are too stupid to understand the humor that take our actions as serious and pass petty judgment that in actual fact, for the most part, is no real indication of the people at all. Then we find THAT funny and continue to feed the fire just to see how far these ignorant outsiders will take it. I (Club) Baby Seals t-shirt anyone?

    • I cannot even believe how drastically offensive this is. Speaking as a Newfoundlander AND the sister of a recently deceased developmentally delayed brother, it is my opinion that only the type of person suffering from the very traits you are mentioning would anonymously accuse anyone of said traits. My whole life i have let ignorant people who bash NL's comments just roll of my back, but i am sick of it.

      Why in this recession did NL's economic growth continue to soar? Why has the housing market soared, and will continue to soar for at least the next 8 years? Why is the tourism industry experiencing some of the most profitable years to date?

      Newfoundlanders don't take ourselves seriously – we joke quite satirically about ourselves. It's outsiders who are too stupid to understand the humor that take our actions as serious and pass petty judgment that in actual fact, for the most part, is no real indication of the people at all. Then we find THAT funny and continue to feed the fire just to see how far these ignorant outsiders will take it. I (Club) Baby Seals t-shirt anyone?

  27. We live in hope :)

  28. Ottawa is wonderful city but only if pub food satisfies your culinary desires. That alone is enough reason to live in Toronto. The food is orgasmic.

    • There are definitely great places to eat in Ottawa. You have to live here for a long while to figure out where they are… our best kept secrets.

    • you haven't strayed from the pack then… there are tons of options all over Ottawa rather than pub food.

  29. "From Victoria to Halifax"? Is that supposed to be coast to coast of Canada? What about Newfoundland and Labrador? Whoever wrote that should be ashamed of themselves!

    • I agree with you totally, everything always ends in Halifax….. they always miss the most beautiful province in the country. We are not perfect but we should be way up there on the list! I'm disgusted…

    • I agree, what ever happened to Alberta and Saskatchewan. There is a reason why the east and west don't like each other and that is because of this type of mentality.

    • Newfoundland always gets left out. Canadians always think Canada stops at Nova Scotia.

  30. All I see in Newmarket are retail stores. Is it just me?

  31. Temper this with the knowledge that most likely NONE of the 'judges' have probably even spent a few moments in most of these places – especially the smaller, non-Ontario ones that haven't even been mentioned – let alone actually 'lived' there ! But it makes for good pulp and gets people fired up ! (which sells the article ;)

    dm

  32. I grew up in Etobikoke and spent 37 years next to Toronto and Mississauga. I have now been in Ottawa-Gatineau for 12 years. I find it interesting that there are a couple of comments from my former home, "Why not Mississauga?" and the comment from David Miller, "that's the magazine's opinion". Every time I go back to T.O. my bro has nothing but complaints about T.O. and Miller in particular. Mississauga is not much better. It is just a glorified bedroom community of T.O. Until you pack up and leave the centre of the universe like I did you have no idea what your talking about. My bro's complaints just keep confirming why I will stay in Ottawa-Gatineau and never go back to T.O.. This article further confirms what I already know.

    • do you know the meaning of a bedroom community? Mississauga is far from a bedroom community.

    • Ya, that's how I feel about escaping the GTA to Calgary. It takes a certain type of person to like Toronto; def. not my type.

  33. Home is where the heart is. The top city is always the city with friends, family, a roof over your head and food on the table. What may be tops for one is not necessarily going to be tops for another. So many lovely cities in Canada without the high crime rates of the big city; however, life is about compromise and although for each individual the preferred choice might be one city over another in reality we make choices based upon family values, career goals, and what we've become accustomed to. Where ever you live try and make the most of it.

    • way to go,,,you tell them,,,I agree with you

    • It is very true, Anonymous!

    • Very well said!!

    • agreed

    • Great comment, man!
      Just like in Alchemist, we often search happiness elsewhere only to find it at our doorsteps

    • Love this comment! I think it is the best one that I read by far!

    • I was just thinkg the same thing as I read these comments. I don't know where I'd rank my current home, but this is where I chose to live becasue of family and friends, work and opportunity. My life could probably be officially better elsewhere, but those important personal considerations that make life great are not factored in to this ranking.

  34. You think Barrie is great because "no people contamination" – what the hell does that mean??? Is everyone white? No industries??? So if you want to work you commute to Toronto??? Sounds like a great place to live, right.

  35. There is some crime and the shopping can suck, but overall Barrie is pretty great. Still, there ARE industries and lots of different races, HELLO?

  36. Barrie has steadily dropped from 29 in 2006, to 51 in 2007, to 87 in 2008, to 101 in 2009 and now not even on the list out of 179 locations. The city has been ruined by some of the worst municipal politicians ever to screw up a once nice place to live. We are over taxed and they did not even have the common sense to know that bringing the Go Train back to Barrie with train horns blowing as early as 5:30 AM through the south end of Barrie would create problems. Now they say they are going to silence them but I won't hold my breath.

    • The list has barrie at #89..not sure what list your looking at so it has come up 12 spots since last yr…I'm from Barrie and love it there as well…..

    • Hello there. Perhaps you didn't take a good look, but Barrie is on the 89 place of the list.

  37. Right on, Andrew. But the longer we keep this wonderful place a secret, the better :)

  38. Best city in the world: Barrie, Ontario

    Clean, no industries, lots nature, lots water, lots golfing, lots sailing, lots snow, lots of everything we need.

    No pollution, no people contamination, no crime, no traffic, no congestion, no.

    Why would you live anywhere else; but SHHHHHHHHHHHHH. don't tell anyone.

    • Any of these people who think Barrie is so great obviously don't have any teenagers. Barrie's high schools are among the worst I've ever seen. The kids have no respect for themselves or anyone else. From the huge drug problem to the bullying, I would never live in Barrie again and send my kids to their high schools. I'd sooner go back to Toronto (which won't be happening, either). I realize there are negetives everywhere, but small towns are the way to go, in my opinion. At least you know where your kids are and they know that they can't get away with much because you know everyone in town. I think Barrie is worse than Toronto, considering the size difference.

      • I happen to have grown up in Barrie & raised 3 sons who attended the same high school and go to the local unniversity and college (in Barrie) and are decent hard working grade obtaining law abiding citizen's……maybe they don't have a chip on their shoulder like you and pass it off to your children……..

    • Yes, I live there. No Industry, vagrants downtown urinating on the buildings. Save lake Simcoe (even callenders with nudity are not enogh for this task). The city planning is a joke. No rhyme or reason. We are also going to miss making the city a better place because they will not allow and green energy which seems to be the new saviour of all economics. They were correct to leave it off of the list

    • no traffic and no crime??? barrie??? really???

    • No crime in Barrie?????? Helloooooooooo !!!! It is a nice place to live but hey it' has it's down fault also

    • That's because everyone goes to Toronto from Barrie.

    • Because it's boring there.

    • come to bc and you will live with nature and freshwater and air. Sorry man but everyone is moving west where the trees produced some of the best air. I know its expensive but the best always cost the most.

    • That's because everyone goes to Toronto from Barrie.

    • no crime, no traffic, no congestion???
      Do you not go out?? or listen to the radio?? Crime is bad here and so is the traffic!!

    • also no employment LOL LOL LOL

    • Sounds just like Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, but they ended up last on the list. lol!

    • It does sound like Barrie has lots everything, except maybe not lots schools.

    • Bahaha. Clean? No crime? You must be in an alternate Barrie. Half the parks are havens for drug dealers and kids getting high, our downtown is filled with a misture of high-priced (though admittedly nice) boutiques, skeezy bars (The Roxx – 'nough said) and bong shops. If you can afford one of the new waterfront condo's, then go for it. You can drive to Bayfield street and the 'nicer' area's and likely afford to golf and sail and probably commute to Toronto because we have no industries. Or live in the South-End with the big-box stores and complete lack of any character, but hey at least there are fewer drug bust's out there. Oh wait, no there aren't.

    • I agree with pbd…..Barrie Rocks……….but SHHSHHH don't tell anyone!!! I have been across Canada coast to coast numerous times & thro out the U.S and Barrie's the best!!

    • is every body retired nobody work I guess if you don,t have industry. is govt oprated city

    • I could not agree more! beautiful greenery, nice beaches, nice people. Calm laid back lifestyle, beautiful weather. I dont know how they missed Barrie on this list.

    • Barrie?? Are you kiddin me! Just had a "bad air" advisory, there are loads of people- some with teeth- tons of traffic & congestion (ever tried to negotiate Mapleview on Saturday).

      This is the only place I know of where low brows love to use thier garages as living rooms, dining rooms & even bedrooms.

      Barrie's downtown is an eyesore and disgrace. "Hooters" on the prime waterfront, drunks and vagrants flopping around everywhere.

  39. Thank you money"sense" for ranking Montreal the 120th best place to live in Canada. You are absolutely right!! It's soooo hard to live in a city with such a nightlife, restaurants, pubs and bistros; its tolerance to diversity and its people from all walks of life living in harmony. Not to mention the universities (among which is McGill University, rings a bell?), the public transit which SUCKS with almost one bus right after the other on rush hour, not to mention our metro system. Then, there is the job opportunities, a booming video game industry; Its parks (Mont Royal, in case you missed it in your short sojourn), an awesome Botanical Garden, if I were you I wouldn't miss on my next (first) visit. Arguably the best gay Village in the country, Chinatown, Little Italy, Mayor Gerald Tremblay (Just kidding) and LOTS of other good things I am leaving out to safe space and which you obviously failed to see or experience.
    Seriously, Moneysense did you actually visit any of the cities listed before you put this list together? You're list is a joke to those Canadians who read it.
    Peace out!

  40. Moncton, sure it is beautiful in NB, NO WORK! We moved from Ontario to go to this pollution free, traffic free, all out relaxing atmosphere…. for what? To find out you cannot find a job. My husband works construction, they want to pay $11/ hour, no bennifets, no union. Crazy. We had to move back.

  41. I can't stand these surveys! Canada is way too diverse to pick ANY best cuty or town to live! Get real!

  42. A survey such as this does get people thinking and talking. Really though, unless the people judging, have actual experience living in these city's, all judgments are based on numbers and statistics rather than the flavor and feel of the city. Even then, as in our city, not everyone is going to agree with the ranking or how it was achieved.

    Our city made the top ten this time. I understand why this time, and not the last time. Someone living in other parts of the country might not understand why, even some in our own city feel the survey is way off the mark.

    In any case, a survey such as this gives those that care a chance to feel good about what is good, as well as a chance to work on the shortcomings.

  43. The people who make up these surveys have nothing else to do, their job is probably government funded, so they have to come up with something to show they're doing something……..so they think !
    One person said it right "Home is where family and friends are". Grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, make do with whatever you have. Any place in this beautiful country called Canada is better than any other countries who are always at war or toppling their governments. Canada is creating a bunch of sissies who complain just about of everything. Only you can make life interesting with what you've got. Stop reading these stupid surveys. Next they're going to tell us that Zimbabwa is the best place to live, that is if you don't get shot before you reach old age.

  44. It says Wetaskiwin has 174 days below zero and Edmonton has 122 days below zero. Yet both cities are only 50 kilometers apart. I have lived in both places and 174 days for both places make sense. One has to wonder how this data was arrived at. These lists are a joke.

  45. Brandon, Manitoba? Hahah. What a joke. I had lived there for 37 years and only recently got a chance to leave the farm wheat town. It got nothing. The university new grows; nor does the city. It got nothing. Zero. For 37 years I would not even dare invite any friends or relatives to visit me. It is a dead city. Period

  46. I would have to say that Toronto got just what it deserved. Yes, Toronto is great to visit, but it is the worst city to live in. Nice luck raising a family, owning a home, parking, paying reasonable prices…. Toronto is a dump and idiots like Miller just keep dragging it down further.

    • I agree, I have lived in Toronto for over 20 years and saved my money trying to buy a house, I had bad credit and couldn't get a mortgage through the bank, I finally got through with a mortgage company owned by Nigerians and have been robbed blindly by these mortgage people, so anyone who is willing to come to Toronto to live and buy a home through these mortgage companies such as this one on Pickering think twice because they do come after your home with a lot of promises and Tricks, but a little lesson whenever you give them any type of money make sure and get receipts because at the end of it all with a good Canadian Lawyer you can get your satisfaction. They bring their tricks with them from Nigeria and think they can get away with it in Canada, I hope that the Canadian Government would look into this and would be replying soon to let them know what mortgage company this is.

  47. Get real. Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver are the best places to live in Canada. These cities offer the highest salaries, exceptional academic and cultural opportunities, great architecture, some of the lowest violent crime rates in the world.

  48. Repentigny's the best place!

  49. RRRRRRRRROFL @ Barrie being the best city to live in. I suppse you bypass the junkies that live from one end of Dunlop to the other :-| smh

    I'm sure the city re-development will eventually pay off in the end…but in the present, I'd rather not inhale machinery fumes and for once I'd like to drive directly to work and not have to be re-routed due to construction!

    I lived there for a very short time and got out with a quickness. I like where I'm living now (Alcona Beach) but it's just like every other place of residence with a small town mentality. I say…live anywhere…it is what you make it!!!

    Lucky I am blessed to have a vehicle and can drive to any one of the listed "best cities/towns" whenever I want to :)

  50. winnipeg? i could'nt run fast enough away

    • Well, is that so? SO why is it a hard city to get people to transfer out of? Even migrants from down east.

    • Winnipeg should be #1! Best place to live, hands down!

  51. Ottawa looks nice but be willing to pay a high price for it.
    If you want to have a good life here you have to make a minimum $200 G's
    Because of the Federal gov't jobs, banks, real estate, car dealers, all think you have alot of money and try to suck every last dollar out of people.
    Compare prices and eveything in this city is markeed up 20 %.
    If you don't work for the Federal Gov't and are trying to raise a family, this city will sink you.
    I would rather live in a smaller city where people are also more friendly.
    Give your head a shake money sense !!

  52. Lethbridge ranks 11th — up from 23rd a year ago. While I agree on the basis of the survey parameters, Lethbridge should be ranked that high or higher. It is a great place to live, work and raise a family. One question concerns the prosperity measures. It doesn't take into account municipal taxation. Alberta does benefit from one of the lowest taxes in the country. However, Lethbridge's municipal taxes have seen an almost 150% increase in the last 8 years (population has only risen by about 20% and inflation another 20%). Utilitiy rates are another matter — rate increases and regressive administrative fees have priced themselves out of affordable ranges for many people. I would be curious to see how our city would fair when those elements are factored into your calculations.

  53. clearly this survey is based on stats and by no menas by its people,charm, and values as a community it sounds like a marketing tool for municipal councils to up there tourism,,,just in time for the summer months.

  54. Kitchener is not rated. This is a fine town and no one had commented on it. Even our Muslim friends
    have all settled here and participate in our Arts, Sports, Memorial and Christian services.
    What more can one ask?

  55. I agree with Newmarket. Been there for 21 years and it's a great town with good population.

  56. Obviously they aren't putting much weight on walkability as a quality-of-life indicator given the suburban municipalities that have done so well here. People are generally happier, healthier, and feel more integrated in their community where they can walk to the grocery store, the bank, the doctor's office, etc… good luck with that in Burlington, Repentigny, Lévis, and most of Ottawa-Gatineau.

  57. I have lived here all my life I think it is the best place to live

  58. The list is a joke….I have been in most of the above cities…And they are not…definetly not any place I would want to reside long term…The only credible ones on the list are Kingston and Victoria. What is the criteria….people voting in?

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  60. Now, this is just too weird. Are we all supposed to move to Ottawa-Gatineau because of this list?? Maybe we should all move to Wood Buffalo, while we're at it. Since no study or list is EVER going to make any substancial amount of people move anywhere, why make such a study?? If you are a looser on welfare in Midland, you'll likely be a looser on welfare in Ottawa-Gatineau. Life is what you make (of) it. Where I live is where I choose to, and it's the best place in the world, as long as I make the best of it. These lists are useless because you cannot measure hapiness, or justify hapiness with some formula that integrates income, climate, taxes and how many cars you drive. An not even if you directly ask people if they are happy or not, or HOW MUCH they are. Everything else that is measurable like climate, income, the number of cars (!!!), is simply NOT an indicator of whether where I live is a nice place to live or not. As for climate, Ask people from Fermont, Qc whom are asked to move out of there because the main employer needs their house back… The answer is NO. And this is NO Florida, I tell you…

  61. Winnipeg # 9 for best cirty to live at. Are you for real. Winnipeg is a ceasepool at best. The Streets are in bad shape, the crime is bad. Youth viloncence is practually #1 here in Winnipeg and there really nothing to do here unless it's in the Winter or Summer. the only real good think about winnipeg is Keycon, comic Con and Ai kon.

  62. Caledon at #74? With an average household income ranked at number 3 in the country….it makes perfect sense that people with money would much rather live in Oshawa or Windsor! Caledon perpetually wins the greenest city in Ontario award…rolling hills…interesting geography with estates built in the hills. The downside of Caledon, however, is that the crime rate is so low that the local Ontario Provincial Police really have nothing to do but give speeding tickets. We have world class golf, cute villages, fabulous restaurants and a fairly short drive into the Big Smoke. Oh yeah…Sir Elton too…see you in the fall when the colour change draws you all here…

  63. Je ne sais pas qui a fait ce classement, sûrement pas des amoureux de la nature …

  64. It sounds like some dubious information went into these rankings. Makes me distrust the entire list. As well, it feels like cost of living wasn't weighted very heavily, which is usually one of the biggest factors in choosing where to live.

  65. These superlative lists are a load of crap. I've lived all over Western Canada and could live almost anywhere in CANADA because it's about as perfect as it's going to get on this planet. I now live in the US and wish I didn't. Anyone got a good job for me up there…anywhere???

  66. Obviously this data was collected by an Ontario company living in Ontario born in Ontario never been out of Ontario

  67. I am very happy that Courtenay ,B.C is kept a good secret.TKS

  68. A random number generator could have produced more realistic results.

  69. I've lived in Hamilton, Toronto, Mississauga, and now Brampton. As you've read the comments of some people, one's rating of your resident city depends on many factors in your life-style. I enjoyed my life in Hamilton up to the day I moved to Toronto in 1962. After I left Hamilton, the city made most of its streets one way–a bad move in my opinion. I no longer go there. Toronto was overcrowded, but had a lively downtown, great transportation, but needed more subway lines, It was great fior university students, but not for jobs after 1985. Mississauga had diversity but was boring. Brampton has ethnicity, lots of parkland, and shopping areas.

  70. These "stories" and the comments they generate are interesting. Luckily people love where they live, at least enough, or they'd leave. I've visited 7 of the 10 cities at the bottom of the list. Last summer I visited family in Williams Lake, B.C. Minutes from their home we had an evening meal on the shore of a lake, swam, listened to the loons…. Not so bad. I've been to six of the top 10 cities and never experienced the same quality of environment in any of them. Well, yes, the restaurant food is sometimes better and certainly more expensive! In Williams Lake my relatives just served steak along with their own greenhouse tomatoes, as well as prawns and crabs caught ourselves out at Bella Coola the day before. Hmmm…..

  71. Kingston Ontario Rocks!

  72. Thank you for explaining the scoring methodology. What is the basis of the chosen methodology? It does not seem logically or conceptually sound, nor do the priorities seem to match the needs of our current and aging demographic.

    For example, to have a debateable item like population to be worth 10 times as much as hospital, seems problematic. I would contend that some people like small towns, and some people like big cities, but all people want good health care and a low crime rate.

    You may want to reassess your methodology, and re-run the analysis.

  73. O.K. so that's the 2010 best cities to live in, interesting. What are the 10 best towns to live in and what are the 10 best villages to live in? I'm thinking of those that may appreciate a gentle and slower and life style,and an appreciation of a natural environment as opposed to cultivated vegetation and concrete.

  74. I grew up in Fredericton, N.B. and i can understand why it is on the list of the 10 best places to live in Canada. I have lived out west and currently in Kitchener, Ont. I am going back to retire in Fredericton because it is by far the best!!!!! Yeah Fredericton!!!!

  75. Windsor? Right, because we all love municipal governments that take years to reach a decision, let alone actually get anything done. And because we all love a downtown that is composed of bars and newspapered, empty stores. And let's not forget the pollution that gives us the highest cancer rate in Canada. I'm sure that helped put Windsor into #25.
    (I'm most definitely waving a big 'sarcasm' sign here.)

  76. I agree with Chris: i love how like half the list is in Ontario even though the rest of the country thinks it's a big hole outside of Toronto/Ottawa
    no vancouver, no kelowna, …. but windsor is right up there, hahaha

    It's amazing how the entire west coast of Canada was all but eliminated from the list!

  77. I have lived in Ottawa for 30 years. It is a gorgeous city, but it stopped being an affordable place to live a long time ago. For my money, Niagara Falls has it all, smaller, no traffic jams, people actually look at you when you talk and it has the entertainment night spots of a much larger city.

  78. The author doesn't have a clue! I think if a 4 year old baby did this survey it would have made more sense!

  79. I've always believed that Ottawa is one of the best city's in the world to live in. it's nice to see I'm not the only one who thinks so. It's a tad boring for younger people but very clean and safe.

  80. Winnipeg is in the top 10 list??? That's all I needed to see to know this report is bogus & flawed! If you want to live there you need to drive a tank and wear a bullet-proof vest!

    • Where are you from? If you are from Winnipeg you have not live anywhere else, Frank.

  81. You are right on about Ottawa not being affordable since a long time and I sure do remember when it was more affordable. Life here in Ottawa has changed significantly and I can honestly tell everyone that I keep asking myself where to move to next. Ottawa sucks indeed. There are some things that rank high on the list but in a general sense if you want to raise a family and live in comfort without high taxes then Ottawa isn't for you nor is it for me. I would like a much smaller place to live not too far from a big city but not one of high taxes and bad councellors and a stupid mayor to boot.

  82. Try Yukon Its very beautiful, untouched by corruption.

  83. I agree with Mayo, Yukon is the best place to live as long as you DON"T live in Whitehorse

  84. What kind of asse (s) are you anyway – Money sense bryan borzykowski the front where it speaks or the end whee it shits

  85. Ive Lived in Ottawa, AND NEVER AGAIN!!!!Muggy Summers and horribly snow and cold winters. Rents are about the same as in Vancouver and you make less hourly in Ottawa than in Vancouver, also you dont have to be bi-lingual out in B.C. or even Alberta. You can have Ottawa with its bars that close at 11pm or midnight, no excitement and just plain boring!!!!!!
    Ill take the beautiful coastal mountains, the beaches and the beautiful parks over flat brown looking Ottawa

  86. I have made my home in WL for the past 35 years. I absolutely love it here! it is a wonderful place, and would not choose to live anywhere else in the world!! it makes me so sad that it would ranked at 178th… every town has its share of problems, but PLEASE dont disregard my gorgeous home town… it's quiet, peaceful and SO SO pretty!!

  87. Whoever wrote this has never been to Newfoundland and Labrador. The great people and scenery of this Province is the best in Canada. All the Atlantic Provinces are Beautiful. Come visit sometime and take a look for yourself , you may leave here with a different point of view.

  88. I am surprised that a great portion of Ontario is missing. We l;ive near Belleville and neither Quinte West (Trenron) nor Prince Edward County (Picton) were included. Also Napanee was not on the radar. Would be interested as to why these communites were ignored.

    • I agree with you Tom….those places you mention look awesome…..the people that do these studies certainly don't get around……

  89. To take a positive article, Best Places To live In Canada, and then reverse spin the story, Worst Places To Live In Canada, is saddening. I have visited the beautiful town of Bay Roberts many times, and spent a couple of summers in the Cariboo region of BC near Williams Lake. After spending time in these and other mentioned towns, such as Campbell River, I can tell you that to put any of these proud towns in the category of "worse place to live" is simply an inaccurate description of Canadian life. "Worse place to live" is not even a metric worth measuring in Canada. Get real.

  90. Doug -I asked the same question about the criteria. Someone from MoneySense replied, stating that "Each category has a different weighting. Unemployment is worth 10, population is 10, transit is 5, universities, colleges and hospitals are 1, etc. So if a city ranks # 5 in transit, it gets less points than ranking 5 in population"

    To contend that a city with a large population is 10 times more desirable than one with good health care or a low crime rate, does not make sense –MoneySense or common sense.

    I live in Vancouver, and do not think the fact that it is a big city should be worth anything. I believe that it is the lifestyle characteristics that should be judged. Bigness can be both desirable and undesirable, and definitely should not be considered to be tied as the most important evaluation criteria.

  91. What kind of a crack pot would put calgary on their top ten list? They must be on crack!

  92. this is fuckin stupid

    • Agreed……….home is what you make…..

  93. Are these people too brian wraped from the pollution. Any place in BC is better then anything east of it. Look at the brown skies and the polluted water. 100 million people pissing and crapping in the water they drink. And Victoria 8th with winnipeg 9th. I lived in Vic for years and I wouldn't think of even taking a rest stop in winnipeg. Victoria should have been first on this foolish list.

  94. Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. was voted #1 best place to live in the world by the U.N., amongst towns under 20,000….I guess you are keeping this a secret, in order to keep it this way….shame…shame on you, not a mention!!!!!!

  95. Ranking Bay Roberts last is an insult. I don't live there but I frequently drive through and do business there. It's a beautiful town growing and expanding financially, culturally, etc. I realize you have certain criteria but honestly it's sometimes very difficult to do a completely objective analysis. Maybe it was foggy that day!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  96. Thunder Bay is awesome if you love the outdoors especially in the summer months. There is Lake Superior the largest and cleanest of all the great lakes. There is so many inland fresh water lakes and parks for people to fish or hunt or just for camping in general is awesome.

  97. One of the tope ten best places, is Winnipeg?????? are you kidding, the most vicious crimes against innocent bystanders happen in this mosquito ridden summers, 40 below zero winters dump of a city…..yeah right! this would be the last place on earth anyone would want to live….oh, its cheap…duh? do you wonder why?

  98. Yukon is one of the best places to live. Fresh air, beautiful scenery, lots of outdoor activities. Just DO NOT LIVE IN WHITEHORSE.

  99. Have you actually lived somewhere else? There are negative things but at least you CAN afford to live, play, and travel if you live in Winnipeg. Can you if you live in southern Ont, BC or Alta?

  100. Vancouver is the "best Place on the Earth" , it has written on the Cars Plates

  101. No surprise Toronto's not on the list. Miller and his gang of left-wing idiots have ruined the city. The neighbourhood where I grew up was nice but now is a dump, streets and parks are filthy and traffic is a nightmare. Public transit is disgusting. There's a new airport and no rapid transit to it. Shameful. Businesses are leaving in droves because of outrageous property taxes. I know someone who had a business on the Toronto side of Steeles Ave. Moved across the street to Markham and his taxes and business rent dropped 25%. I was born and raised in Toronto. So glad I'm not there now.

  102. why is Bay Roberts so low…..it has everything you could possible want and need in a place to live AND be relatively crime free. Your kids have no fears here plus they have the freshest air in the province to breath with hardly any manufacteuring to pollute the air.

    I sense some anti-newfoundland sentiment here. Maybe the editors should actually visit these places before they rank them…

  103. Ha!ha! till now these r eastern canada mentality survey never go .If u talking regarding prosperity and life style including jobs where is eastern Canada ..I think u knew it zero .I lived in ontario for 11 yrs and moved to the West where is Job availability high and clean life style . Do youknow How many people moved from east canada to the west specially Alberta. There is nosecret Mr surveyer . Thanx!

  104. April Fool in May ! Did you listen to CBC news about the worst city to get arround on the whole planet ? It is Toronto .
    What is the criteria to measure city quality without variables that look into quality of life as a whole ?

    I live in th city of Toronto , but I wont recomend it as a place to live and have a good night sleep to someone I love . Yesterday I took taxi from St George and Bloor to Yonge/Bloor , a distance less than on km and my taxi fare rose from $4.50 to $11.75 because of uncoordinated construction planning and bad drivers . In other words I paid unsolicited tax of aproximately $5 for some inefficiency by city planners and into someone condominium investiment .

  105. I'll stay in NL :) we have the scenery, hills, trees, wildlife, ocean and the most amazing people you will ever meet. I am VERY content here.

  106. Are these people too brian wraped from the pollution. Any place in BC is better then anything east of it. Look at the brown skies and the polluted water. 100 million people pissing and crapping in the water they drink. And Victoria 8th with winnipeg 9th. I lived in Vic for years and I wouldn't think of even taking a rest stop in winnipeg. Victoria should have been first on this foolish list.

  107. Are these people too brian wraped from the pollution. Any place in BC is better then anything east of it. Look at the brown skies and the polluted water. 100 million people pissing and crapping in the water they drink. And Victoria 8th with winnipeg 9th. I lived in Vic for years and I wouldn't think of even taking a rest stop in winnipeg. Victoria should have been first on this foolish list.

  108. I'm from Bay Roberts.
    The unemployment rate is pretty much the same as the rest of the province. My home overlooks the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. I confidently let my children play outside without any concern. I've never experiences criminal activity of any kind. It isn't a tourist destination, like most small towns in the country- which brings me to the most importantpoint. Only 5600 people live here. Meaning we shouldn't have been included in this article about towns with 10,000 people or more.

    Who wrote this thing, and did you read anything at all?

  109. Have the people who compiled this list ever lived in Bay Roberts. Well, I have for 17 years, plus I'm planning on buying a house there and moving back form Fort mcmurray. I have met most of the friendliest people there compared to other towns. I can do all my shopping there. The scenery is beautiful . Can't wait to get back

  110. Is all the information in money sense as painfully inaccurate as this article!? I've read my last issue.

  111. So I guess the crack infested towns of Alberta and the lovely Rez communities of Saskatchewan are somehow a better place to live than a quiet NL town. But I guess the fact that in Fort Mcmurray has a higher employment rate than Bay Roberts makes it a better place to live, I guess they forgot to mention the 13 year old crack addicted kids that frequent the street of this town, as well as its multi billion dollar a year cocaine industry. This list is flawed and how towns are evaluated should really be reconsidered, expensive homes along with rapid growth doesnt seem a good place to live. You can have your million dollar homes with your 8 x 12 cramped backyards and dealers on every street and call it a good place to live because its easy to get a job there if you like, I'll stick to the open ocean as my back yard and a smiling face on every corner.

  112. So I guess the crack infested towns of Alberta and the lovely Rez communities of Saskatchewan are somehow a better place to live than a quiet NL town. But I guess the fact that in Fort Mcmurray has a higher employment rate than Bay Roberts makes it a better place to live, I guess they forgot to mention the 13 year old crack addicted kids that frequent the street of this town, as well as its multi billion dollar a year cocaine industry. This list is flawed and how towns are evaluated should really be reconsidered, expensive homes along with rapid growth doesnt seem a good place to live. You can have your million dollar homes with your 8 x 12 cramped backyards and dealers on every street and call it a good place to live because its easy to get a job there if you like, I'll stick to the open ocean as my back yard and a smiling face on every corner.

  113. Ottawa I can see being a top city. But some of the others on the list? Come on?! This report doesn't take into account JOBS which what you need to LIVE. Thats why Metro Toronto swells to about 3million. Your telling me $3million people all chose to live in Non-livable city? I love it when people opinions are a reflection of themselves than what the reality truly is. Toronto , Montreal, Vancouver… yes they are large… there is good and bad … and they are all very livable…. which is why they make up the large population of Canada. This report is B.S.

  114. Winnipeg? Seriously, in the top 10? My entire family, me, brothers, sister, cousins, and parents hightailed it out of there as soon as we could- me, about a week after graduation. Yes, housing is affordable (no demand), and certainly it has great culture (what else are you going to do living for endless months in a dark and frozen land?), but the weather, for most of us, dwarfs the positives. Even summers, where we were often fortunate to escape the relentless, baking heat by going to the cottage, were spent dodging a succession of nasty bug seasons. Had to be in before dusk as the mosquitos, like B-54 bombers, heaved their bodies threateningly against the screens. Yes, those that actually choose to live in Winnipeg are a rare and special breed!

    • Well, Sdec, with your attitude you are best to be wherever you are. Things are better than they used to be.

  115. Canada is best for me except winter !

  116. Why do these studies never take into consideration the Territories? I have lived in the Yukon all my life, it is much cheaper to live here compared to BC and many other provinces, only one tax, and wages are high! and not to mention its absolutely beautiful here! People from all over Canada flock here to work, the industries up here are booming! I could go on and on. haha

    • I have driven somewhat northern Ontario and want to drive further north…nobody seems to talk about the country up there…so nice to hear your comments…….it is on my bucket list to visit….would love more info on it….jane08@hotmail.com

  117. Same thing with me. After each long visit to any place outside Ottawa and whenever I enter the 417 highway on the way back I always realize that Ottawa is still better than any other city in Canada to live. Theres no place like home!

  118. Exactly, David. Everyplace has its benefits. You need to find them and enjoy them.

    Rob – Winnipeg

  119. The people who copiled this list are clearly insane Ottawa? Brandon? Burlignton? Winnipeg!!! I repeat Winnipeg!!!??

  120. YA BURLINGTON!!

  121. I remember going through Brandon with my family about thirty years ago and we were all amazed that everyone was so good-looking. Really, I'm not kidding . . .

  122. You have listed as 177th worst place to live in Canada is New Glasgow, BC.
    Later you have it mixed up with New Glasgow, NS.

  123. Studies like this are great. Stats Canada would do well to pay attention to all the quality information you can get out of a spreadsheet and a weekend of effort. But seriously….why isn't MY town at the top of the list?

  124. I'll stay in NL :) we have the scenery, hills, trees, wildlife, ocean and the most amazing people you will ever meet. I am VERY content here.

  125. I'll stay in NL :) we have the scenery, hills, trees, wildlife, ocean and the most amazing people you will ever meet. I am VERY content here.

  126. Canada is the winner…and all 179 cities listed is the reason CANADA IS THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE!

  127. Is all the information in money sense as painfully inaccurate as this article!? I've read my last issue.

  128. Having lived in Ottawa for 20 years, I'm not surprised its at the top of list. Its a great city, but I find it hard to believe it #1. Having moved to Whitehorse 2 years ago, I am seriously baffled as to why it is not on this list. The Yukon is seriously one of Canada's best kept secrets.

  129. Top 4 cities from Ontario? That tells the story of this survey right there. There isn't one city in Ontario that rivals the top 20 or 30 cities in B.C. or crack the top 100 in Canada.

  130. Ottawa I can see being a top city. But some of the others on the list? Come on?! This report doesn't take into account JOBS which what you need to LIVE. Thats why Metro Toronto swells to about 3million. Your telling me $3million people all chose to live in Non-livable city? I love it when people opinions are a reflection of themselves than what the reality truly is. Toronto , Montreal, Vancouver… yes they are large… there is good and bad … and they are all very livable…. which is why they make up the large population of Canada. This report is B.S.

  131. Studies like this are great. Stats Canada would do well to pay attention to all the quality information you can get out of a spreadsheet and a weekend of effort. But seriously….why isn't MY town at the top of the list?

  132. Studies like this are great. Stats Canada would do well to pay attention to all the quality information you can get out of a spreadsheet and a weekend of effort. But seriously….why isn't MY town at the top of the list?

  133. Wow. I have lived in several communities in the top 25.

    I now live in one of the worst 10.

    I like it here. You couldn't pay me enough to live in any of the top 25 places again.

    I think the criteria being used to measure are cocked up.

  134. Winnipeg……You have to be kidding as the 9th place…I have lived there and the good way to look at Winnipeg is through you're rear view mirror.

  135. Clearly whoever wrote this hasn't been to BC. Take a trip over to the West Coast and expand your horizons to some of the most beautiful and best places to live in the world, then let me know when your scavenging around to re-write this pitiful list.

  136. I am not surprised to see Cobourg having dropped from 6th place to 35th in the last 4 years. New families are ostracized for being "outsiders", unemployment is high and jobs only go to 'old boys'. The beach is ruined by volley ball tournament every summer, and there are sub-divisions being built over the last remaining fields. All the shops and cafes have either closed or moved out of the downtown. It really is not a nice place to live unless you're from a 3rd generation Cobourg family.

  137. I am glad that Calgary didn't make the list this year. It might be a wake-up call! I have lived here for 21 years and love Calgary but there are some things about Calgary that I don't love so much lately. For instance the amount of garbage along the freeways. I travel a lot and visitors to Calgary used to comment on what a clean city this was. Not any more!! I am appalled by the amount of littering and garbage around this city. Calgary used to be the friendliest city. Not any more!! For whatever reason, service is restaurants is lacking, people in service industries are abrupt and short and everybody is in too much of a hurry these days to take the time to be friendly. Sorry Calgary, but I needed to say this. Prove me wrong. Start driving like you have some courtesy for others, start smiling a little more, start treating your customers like more than a number and Bronco, get some city crews out to clean up the disgusting garbage laying along all the freeways!!

  138. Who ever is producing these ratings of Canadian cities is most certainly in need of travel within our country. The rating are so far off the mark and of no value to the folks who have traveled extensivly in Canada. There are no best or worst locations. Each area is unique in its own depending on the writers own personal views of what is the best and worst. This publication is a waste of time the producers of this should look for a real job.

  139. BURLINGTON IS #3??? THAT'S AWESOME!!

    I LIVE IN BURLINGTON, AND I LOVE IT HERE!! :)

  140. I agree Winnipeg shouldn't be up there, its a cold dirty city, with to many wanna be thugs! Its embarrassing!! Its also sad that for every 1,000 people there is an average of 2.3 doctors in all of the Canadian cities, no wounder people wait for months to get much needed health care that's a Joke!! I have been to many Canadian cities and Brandon is ranked haha Wheres Kelowna, Calgary, Victoria, or even Ft. Mcmurray! If your going to do national city rank You might wanna ask the people who live in these cities, I was born and raised in Winnipeg and that's the last place i would move back to!!

  141. I love living in Fredericton and would recommend it to anyone. We have two universities, and several colleges, lots of great shopping, low pollution, lots of affordable housing, plenty of scenic areas to walk or bike, a low crime rate, and plenty more on the way with lots of construction going on. (Stores, convention centre, ect.)

  142. I like how this survey makes you think that the top 10 are ranked by prosperity, housing, crime, lifestyle, weather, and health….however when you look at the data (for how they ranked the top 10), they only include prosperity. So basically, this survey is ranking cities based on incomes. I am a firm believer that wealth does not bring happiness—sure it can help, but it is not the defining factor. Also, I find it hilarious that Cape Breton is a "city" :P

  143. It's too bad places like Calgary, Red Deer, Medicine Hat in Alberta were overlooked as well as Saskatoon Sask. These places may experience some very cold winter days but not as bad as one might think. We have great summers and lots of employement opportunities. Yes it may be costly for housing but our wages are above par. Pollution is low, and the wide open spaces are perfect for any outdoor loving person.

  144. I am not surprised to see Cobourg having dropped from 6th place to 35th in the last 4 years. New families are ostracized for being "outsiders", unemployment is high and jobs only go to 'old boys'. The beach is ruined by volley ball tournament every summer, and there are sub-divisions being built over the last remaining fields. All the shops and cafes have either closed or moved out of the downtown. It really is not a nice place to live unless you're from a 3rd generation Cobourg family.

  145. Canada = TRONTO my home for get other cities

  146. I love the country I live in . Yes it has it's ups & downs, but all I have to do is look south,east, west , I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Where else can you travel in your own country & take in all the beauty Canada has to offer, lakes , mountains, grass lands, clean air. If you don't like it here move to the US, you'll be back in a heart beat. Want your life to improve, it's all in your hands, we can use all the help we can get, Buy the way I live in Winnipeg. P.S. the ground I live on is solid.

  147. That list is the biggest joke I've ever seen. Victoria just ahead of Winnipeg in ninth? All the BC towns in the bottom ten? Are you kidding me? Have you ever been to Northern Ontario? Quebec? Saskatchewan? Alberta? Manitoba? Whoever dreamt up this list needs to include some of values aside from the parameters used. Hey, I grew up in Burlington. Why do you think I left when I was 18 and moved to BC? Let's see: Skiing, Backpacking, Snowboarding, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Sea Kayaking, Fishing, Canoeing, etc. I guess they're not too important if all your interested in is MONEY.

  148. BURLINGTON IS #3??? THAT'S AWESOME!!

    I LIVE IN BURLINGTON, AND I LOVE IT HERE!! :)

  149. What ever happened to Alberta? Since Albertan's seem to pay enough taxes to take care of most of the East I find it rather strange that no one found anywhere in Alberta a great place to live. I live in Red Deer Alberta (moved from another province in 1985 and found this to be the greatest place to live. There is life in the west contrary to whoever compiles lists from the east.

  150. Anyone who has come from away and lived in Ottawa for any length of time will tell you it is one of the unfriendliest places to live in. I realize the survey did not include friendliness as a criteria however it is an important factor nonetheless. I am from the prairies, I have lived all over Canada, and I have settled in Ottawa due to my husband's career. I have lived here for 20 years and continue to dream about leaving Ottawa due to the fact that Ottawans do not include people from away in their social circle. It is very disheartening. I tell all newcomers to Ottawa to please not judge Canada/Canadians based on their experiences in Ottawa. This city is beautiful but very very cold and I don't mean the weather.

  151. Windsor can be kind of crummy but the county as a whole is great. We just need the gov. to start really investing in the area.
    I can see how Toronto can be up there…It is much easier to get around then Windsor.

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  153. Whoever wrote this list has lived their whole life in Ontario, hence the strong bias. shame on you for trying to present this as covering the whole country

  154. Winnipeg, 9th…..I have lived in Winnipeg all my life!!!! Talk about a "hick" town…that would be Winnipeg, it is even worse than Regina… We own the following titles….1. MURDER capital of Canada..2.CAR THEFT capital of Canada…3.ASSAULT capital of Canada….4.POTHOLE capital of Canada..5.The "NEW" UNITED NATIONS of Canada.—.Winnipeg, home to the biggest Aboriginal Reservation in Canada..We are proud of our GUTLESS Politicians…NOT!!!! Oh, did I mention snow and -40c temps for 7 months of the year…and the other 5 months, RAIN and MOSQUITOES!!! No wonder I am "CRABBY" every day!!

  155. hey i reay where this guy has lived didn't see newfoundland,well we are the jewl in the nile,without a doubt where i live Clarenville newfoundland is the best place in Canada to live for sure Regards Roy

  156. I live in Parkland County just outside of Stony Plain Alberta and I think it is the number one place to live. I was born in Ottawa and say that it is not the nices city in Canada. I would say Spruce Grove is and I have lived in Alberta for 43 years

  157. You have overlooked Nelson, BC. It is the size of a number of other places on the list. I suspect it should be in the top 50 with only the price of housing keeping it out of the top 10.

    • Nelson is not in the list because it had less than 10,000 people in the 2006 census

  158. I have lived and visited many places in this big wide world but coastal BC is still 'God's Country'.Campbell River,Courtenay,Port Alberni,Powell River are great places to live.All these towns are presently changing from resource based towns to retirement towns.Only 20 to 30 years ago they were part of the Canadian resource engine that made cities like Ottawa and Victoria affluent.

    Also, statistics can be for fools.Sort of like Maclean's University comparisons.Almost rubbish.I did a few statistical studies in my day.Some were rubbish and were scrapped.

    I must admit I have not read Money Sense Magazine.I guess for good reason.

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  161. FROM; PENTICTON, B.C……THIS IS A JOKE,…RIGHT ??
    LIKE,… WHO STOLE OUR ' COLLEGE ' & OUR ' UNIVERSITY ' ????
    OUR WEATHER IS ALMOST THE SAME AS ' BURMUDA ' !!!
    WE WALK, BICYCLE, or TAKE, PUBLIC TRANSIT TO WORK & SHOPPING ALMOST EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR !!
    WE HAVE FANTASTIC RECREATION / ACTIVITIES FOR ALL, ALL YEAR LONG !!
    THE ' WRITER ' OR WHOEVER GOT PAID FOR THIS OUGHT TO PAY IT ALL BACK FOR BEING A LIAR !!
    I AM DISGUSTED WITH HAVING WASTING THE TIME READING THE ARTICLE.

  162. What ever happened to Alberta? Since Albertan's seem to pay enough taxes to take care of most of the East I find it rather strange that no one found anywhere in Alberta a great place to live. I live in Red Deer Alberta (moved from another province in 1985 and found this to be the greatest place to live. There is life in the west contrary to whoever compiles lists from the east.

  163. What ever happened to Alberta? Since Albertan's seem to pay enough taxes to take care of most of the East I find it rather strange that no one found anywhere in Alberta a great place to live. I live in Red Deer Alberta (moved from another province in 1985 and found this to be the greatest place to live. There is life in the west contrary to whoever compiles lists from the east.

  164. the best place to live should be by far a number 1 pick should be blue mountain collingwood ontario

  165. This seems a little biased to the East coast? there are plenty of amazing places to live on the West coast!!

  166. Kenora is the worst city? While Winnipeg is in the top 10? Then why do so many Winnipeg dwellers relocate to Kenora during the summer?

  167. As I read the article, your bottom selection was from Newfoundland. You referred to it as a Maritime location. Shame on you!! The Maritime provinces are; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The ATLANTIC provinces are these same three provinces plus Newfoundland. I guess whereever you live should be included in the worst place to live list – because they don't teach Canadian geography!

  168. haha they have saskatoon as a good place to live,whata joke they obviously have never lived there before,it terrible crime rate,n the city drvin layout is something else to be disired and regina aint any better.they should also think about small towns there not so bad to live in.

  169. i'm so glad i'm out of Williams lake with the highest crime rate in canada for 3 or 4 years running, now i'm in fort mcmurra(wood buffalo) with the highest average household income… i think i made a good choice in moving here

  170. I would vote along with the fellow that moved to Kelowna from Toronto. I can't believe that no city (other than Victoria [#8]) west of the Manitoba border even made it onto the top 10 list. I was born in New Brunswick, grew up in Calgary, then moved to St. Albert (a wonderful and clean Edmonton bedroom community — downside is the mosquitoes), Prince George and now live in Vernon BC. I have visited every one of Canada's provinces (numerous times) except Nunavit and Newfoundland (and am looking forward to seeing Nfld), and can think of no better place to live than beautiful BC (in particular, Vernon)!!! That list was definitely put together by people with an Eastern Canada bias; visiting the Okanagan will change their minds.

  171. I would vote along with the fellow that moved to Kelowna from Toronto. I can't believe that no city (other than Victoria [#8]) west of the Manitoba border even made it onto the top 10 list. I was born in New Brunswick, grew up in Calgary, then moved to St. Albert (a wonderful and clean Edmonton bedroom community — downside is the mosquitoes), Prince George and now live in Vernon BC. I have visited every one of Canada's provinces (numerous times) except Nunavit and Newfoundland (and am looking forward to seeing Nfld), and can think of no better place to live than beautiful BC (in particular, Vernon)!!! That list was definitely put together by people with an Eastern Canada bias; visiting the Okanagan will change their minds.

  172. Toronto is the best place to live in Canada. It has amazing night life, international cuisine and excellent education opportunities. It is the biggest city in Canada, the most multicultural city in the World and I find myself very fortunate to live here.
    How could it be ranked so low?

  173. Windsor come on,Cancer is rampant here.I MEAN EVERY FAMILY is affected with at least 1-2 people that have it.But hey we have a casino and a new arena and a new bridge that wont be built for 10 more years..I ADVICE PLEASE HEAD north..

  174. provincial sales tax in Manitoba is 7%, not 3%. Who does their fact checking?

    • The sales tax refers to the rank among all provincial sales tax rates in Canada, not the rate.

  175. WINNIPEG?!?! THE ARMPIT OF CANADA IS ON THIS LIST?!!?

  176. YAY kingston ! . Beautiful town to live in! Excellet schools, beautiful scenery, the only thing lacking are jobs. lol but yah gotta love it .

  177. I can't believe Sarnia made this list – what a dump.

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  179. i'm so glad i'm out of Williams lake with the highest crime rate in canada for 3 or 4 years running, now i'm in fort mcmurra(wood buffalo) with the highest average household income… i think i made a good choice in moving here

  180. Oh my God!!! I can't believe this. Who cares people. If you are happy where you are at then good for you if not then pack up and find your happiness. Clearly people who live in Winnipeg like it there or they would and could move to Calgary. Van.Tor etc. Clearly BC residents and east coast residents like where they are at or guess what…they would move as well. Just about anyone can pack up and move to just about anywhere in this country so why all the fuss. Be happy.

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  182. Oh my God!!! I can't believe this. Who cares people. If you are happy where you are at then good for you if not then pack up and find your happiness. Clearly people who live in Winnipeg like it there or they would and could move to Calgary. Van.Tor etc. Clearly BC residents and east coast residents like where they are at or guess what…they would move as well. Just about anyone can pack up and move to just about anywhere in this country so why all the fuss. Be happy.

  183. Everyone who lives in the cities on this list knows how inaccurate the information is. The best place to live is where YOU enjoy. Everyone has different priorities, likes and dislikes. The great thing is we can all viisit these places and enjoy what they have to offer…then come home and enjoy HOME.

    Jim

  184. Everyone who lives in the cities on this list knows how inaccurate the information is. The best place to live is where YOU enjoy. Everyone has different priorities, likes and dislikes. The great thing is we can all viisit these places and enjoy what they have to offer…then come home and enjoy HOME.

    Jim

  185. I believe the best city to live in is the one we call "home".

  186. It is of no surprise to me that those two God-forsaken concrete jungles, Toronto and Montreal, were far down on the list. However, I find it comical that the urban ghetto, Ottawa, is #1!!! I agree with 15P. One can easily lie with statistics. In fact, there is even a book by that title! The best city to live in would be a small Canadian town – any town. Those are the people who have the longest life span and the least stress.

  187. It always surpires me how middle class, comfortable and lazy everyone sounds when given a chance to express some random point of view. Such clarity looking from the outside in , by the high minded, the way a journalist mind might, or a block of wood might. Putting a few words out there about Bay Roberts Nl , does not discribe anything about the real place where real people live ,work, have family ,dreams ,love, have history , have a pride and and depth that belongs to them. Not for the under sized thinker. So There it is Statistic man.There you go

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  189. PEI not on the map of Canada for this survey?

  190. I teach at a University that apparently doessn't exist! I examined one community and found numerous errrors. For instance, Kelowna has both a University (UBCO) and a college (Okanagan); the population is 106,707, not 135,010; the unemployment rate is 4.8% for the city, not 7.1%. I could go on but I think oyu get the point. I noticed that many other people have complained as weel, which leaves 2 questions: how many errors did oyu make and did oyu get any city right?

  191. Wow ! great news Ottawa Gatineau in first place and I live in the best area of Ottawa Gatineau, the Aylmer sector !

  192. I currently live in Halifax its cloudy and foggy mostly, and kind of boring, but the weekend has fun pubs. I lived in Toronto, Toronto is too critized, its not that bad.. some people are arrogant but there's other people who are friendly enough. I lived in Edmonton too, it's freezing in winter but it can be a fun city if you get out there.

  193. I currently live in Halifax its cloudy and foggy mostly, and kind of boring, but the weekend has fun pubs. I lived in Toronto, Toronto is too critized, its not that bad.. some people are arrogant but there's other people who are friendly enough. I lived in Edmonton too, it's freezing in winter but it can be a fun city if you get out there.

  194. I didn't go through them page by page, but I'm curious which factor brought Vancouver's score down the most … the weather? (yeah warmer winter, but we have webbed feet) Prosperity? (I'll never be able to afford to own, here… and what's with the cost of cheese??) Something else?
    It's actually refreshing to see Vancouver off of one of these' best places to live in the world'-type lists… it does have so much going for it, but the bragging/arrogance/navel-gazing about it being the best has become kinda un-Canadian. And now I cringe when a Vancouver-best-quality-of-life list comes out globally… those with heaps of money who live in other parts of the world come and buy places here, and prices and demand get more and more ridiculous. Do other urban cities in N. America have demand so crazy that when a new building's condo's start to sell, people camp out in line overnight because they sell out so fast?

  195. It is very interesting how people are speaking about a topic that is based on statistics, but are doing so from the heart. Take into consideration the basis of the ranking before coming up with poor uneducated answers.It's not a coincidence that Ottawa has coveted this honor for 3 out of the last 4 years. For the people who are comparing Ottawa taxes with the over all cost of living on the West Coast, you have to be kidding me. I may pay a little more tax, but at least I am not paying twice the amount for my house.

  196. I was amused to see the Moneysense staffer pondering why people walk or bike to work in Yellowknife when the temperatures fall to colder than -25C. At the northern price of gas and mechanics' hourly rates up here, it is far more sensible to dress for the weather and walk or bike to work than to run your car for 20min at every cold start (doesn't matter how new it is) and deal with extra maintenance costs associated with extreme cold weather operation. Buying groceries is another matter entirely.

  197. I like how "Victoria" garners a higher ranking on the survey by leeching off the higher quality of life characteristics of the CRD municipalities, such as Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, Colwood, etc. Saanich has a population of over 100,000, yet Victoria is only 65,000 people. They are separate cities, and should be compared as such.

  198. Brandon and Winnipeg? Are you kidding? Crime and crumbling infrastructure along with mosquitos and snow!

  199. This list is a joke.

  200. As someone who grew up in Ottawa (no. 1) and now lives in Prince Rupert (no. 173), I find this whole ranking system ridiculous. If you want to live in a sleepy, boring place with an old-folks' home mentality, where the median temperature is 0 Kelvin, then yes, Ottawa should be number one. But if you want to live in a place with gorgeous scenery, fresh halibut and salmon year-round, and a temperature that rarely crosses the -10 C barrier, then come to Rupert. While Rupert has its problems with high unemployment and an infrastructure that's seen better days, these are interesting challenges to overcome that add some variety to life. There is no such variety in Ottawa, unless you count the many ways government workers complain about their comfortable jobs.

  201. I was just driving down Western Avenue in Williams Lake and saw this huge building and I mean substantial sized and I got confused as it shouldn't have been there. Moneysense magazine had said that Williams Lake didn't have a University or College and yet the sign in front of this building clearly stated Thompson River University. I can't help but wonder what else they got wrong…and how many points we lost because of it??? Williams Lake is a great place to live!!

    • Universities and colleges were only included if they had a full time student body of greater than 1,000

  202. SUMMERSIDE #172, CHARLOTTETOWN #52: I live on the west coast…so explain to me why two communities that are roughly 50 kms apart rank so differently in the standings??? My guess these rankings put way too much emphasis on pop growth & if you have a university (I would assume if you lived in Summerside you could go to school in Charlottetown). According to the stats, Summerside has cheaper housing & better weather.

  203. I don’t see Iqaluit Nunavut mentioned in any of these stats. Were does Nunavut figure in all of this?

  204. It's great to see London, Ontario ranked #12 on the overall list but I would hasten to add – if you can't breathe the air, all the rest is moot.

  205. Phff Barrie. What a boring, dirty city to live in. The street maintenance is terrible. The lines are all worn and there's so many cracks in the pavement. And not to mention the fact there's only 3 Starbucks here and none of them are drive thru. (Ha, had to throw that in). Also, there's no job opportunitites here unless you want to work at the mall for minimum wage! Even the administrative jobs that require years of experience only pay $10.25/hr. I moved from Kelowna, B.C. last summer and wish I had never left. Kelowna has the best weather I have ever lived in in Canada and the best scenery and gorgeous lakes. It's become quite trendy but it can be expensive, but no more expensive than a crappy, tiny apartment in Toronto. You get more for money there. You can get a brand new 3 bedroom home for approx $500k or you can live on the lake for a million+ dollars there. A great place to live if you work in real estate or construction as it has been expanding since the 2003 fires.

  206. What no Calgary on the list….. right…cuz I'd pick Edmonton or Regina over Calgary.
    This was a very stupid list.

  207. Bay Roberts has to have the worst roads I ever drove on. you need a kidney belt on to drive through bay roberts.
    Don't drink a coffee and drive through town. Plus you have to go somewhere else to buy something, food and hardware is all you can get there

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  209. Ottawa is the best province to live in! I was born and raised in that wonderful city and now live in B.C. where ppl. are either on crack or marijuana, oh! and let's not forget the gangs that run around killing ppl. in public! British Columbia is Canada's "HELL" on earth, SELL IT TO THE U.S!!! Their over priced and low quality of life here is SICKENING!! PPL. HERE ON EITHER WELFARE OR LIVING OFF C.C!!!

  210. I meant to add on "Their overpriced real estate" $250,000+++++ for a condo the size of a shoe box, built out of cheap wood, that in a year of two becomes a leaky condo! Yeah! I really want to invest in "Canada's Hell on Earth" province…British Columbia!!

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  212. What about Pickering & Ajax? I don't see it on the map….

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  214. Ontario Sucks.

  215. Kingston is not a place to live it's a place to die.The overabundance of retiree's are plugging up the roads,not to mention the hospitals and doctor offices.It is a frustrating place to live,everywhere you go there is construction going that never seems to progress.Can hardly wait to retire elsewhere.

  216. proud to live in blunder bay ahhh errr thunder bay ontario, do you know that we produce the greenest energy and cheapest cents per kilowatt hour , due to a proliferation of hydro dams anywhere in ontario? yes! and due to the lack of hydro lines we cant give it to anyone else in ontario or even the USA! Wow and we still pay southern ontario rates are we ever lucky, if things go dark outsidfe Thunder Bay will be lit up no problem! Althiough thesewindmill things are gunna put a damper on the real green energy up here. But I digress!!! Add to that one of the highest violent crime rates in Ontario, keeps me on my toes and in fighting shape. Kinda think our motto should be "welcome to thunder bay, pleased to beat you"! add to that a high rate of heart disease , just like our motto says " We have a Giant heart in thunder bay!!

  217. There is a lot of positive on here, but what is with all the negativity?????? Jealous about where you live??? Move and stop complaning!

  218. why is sarnia ontario not on the list we have lots of shops great multiculuralism the people are friendly . there is a great waterfront huge fun festivals winer activities its like being at the cottage while living in a city so close to the us border and very minimal crime……investigate smaller cities like this that seem to get swept under the rug of the other metropolitains such as london, toronto and ottawa

  219. Obviously Newfoundland and Labrador is not on that list because everyone already knows it is the best place to live…..

  220. Not sure how you picked the list but you are missing a lot of nice places to live, walkable, affordable, great microclimate. There are so few communities in Eastern Canada this seems to be a very centre/west focus. Ever hear of Wolfville NS – you should visit it!

    • They only looked at 179 "cities", which I believe requires the place to have a population over 10,000.

  221. No traffic in Barrie???Guess you've never been down Bayfield St. before…..

  222. I MOVED FROM PORT CREDIT MISSISSAUGH TO MONCTON NB SEVEN YEARS AGO THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY I WISH I COULD GET BACK EASY TO MOVE WHERE HOMES COST NOTHING TRYING BACK WHERE EVERONE WANTS TO LIVE,
    MONEYSENCE HASENT GOT A CLUE WRITING IT ,AND NOT LIVING IT DONT MEAN A DAMM THING

  223. okay for me itss always going to be mississaugaa baabyee (LL)

  224. I did a RETIREMENT SCAN based on what I think would be important for 55 YEARS +. :

    1. HEALTH CARE – needs a hospital & lots of medical people
    2. WEATHER – lots of gardening required (days above zero with not too much or too little rain)
    3. HOUSING PRICES – houses < $250K for the average house (more than $250K is just crazy)
    4. POLLUTION – fresh air for lots & lots of outdoor activities & exercise

    The winner is POWELL RIVER, B.C.

    It's not a big city & is a little isolated, but this place looks like it could be a gem for the future. According to the stats, Powell River has the 2nd best weather in the country (of course after Victoria) with only 31 days below zero & pretty good sunshine amounts (in fact I think it's called the Sunshine Coast).

    Houses are only $230K. It looks like this place may be changing from a mill town to retirement haven.

  225. Vancouver? Really?!!! Vancouver is ridiculously expensive … taxes are high, there's only ONE insurance company – ICBC, and the average houshold income is $30,000-36,000 per annum. Not $56,000!!! This was made public on the news just a few months ago. One of the most expensive city to live in and the lowest paying!!

  226. I am resident in Rupert Rupert BC for 40 years,come to Canada from beautiful country lots sun shine ,beaches , but crowd and full pollution and no jobs
    In Prince Rupert rain lots,very mild winter, almost any where in Canada the winters there are cold -30C,snow up 8 feet.
    Prince Rupert winters +2C,hardly any snow (rain no after be shovel )also Rupert have sun and when it come out,makes the almost beautiful place on world,ocean,lakes,rivers,no pollution.The wild life,bear,deers, wolfs,whales,seals,eagles and list go on.
    The economy is bad, but was times you kick a rock and you fine a job,I believe this good times come again.
    I been a lots places in Canada way worse, full pollution,crowd,not friendly people.
    I am not agree with rates rate give to a Beautiful PRINCE RUPERT BC

  227. Toronto 85th????? You mist be kidding, it should be at least 985th !!!! Especial with Miller as mayor, and all his NEW taxes for the city. It will not much improve if we are stupid enough to elect Smitherman, oh well what do you expect from all the bright people who live in T.O.?

  228. I don't know who compiled this list but Kelowna, b.c. wasn't even mentioned. I moved from Ont. to Kelowna after i retired and have travelled extensively throughout Canada. I would rate Kelowna as #1 with Penticton b.c getting an honourable mention. Weather is grea, no polution, and the scenery is to die for. The only negative is the higher than average cost of living

  229. What about Charlottetown, PEI?

  230. I live in Kingston..and if you are comtimplating moving to this fine town… I agree it has lots to offer… House prices are still very good$ a 1200 sf newer bungalow with finished bsmt in a good area is priced $265,000
    For more real estate info contact rmunroe@sutton.com

  231. I must say "I am quite surprised at the placement of Red deer, AB" I doubt whoever came up with the ranking has ever visited this small Central Alberta city of 80,000

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  233. Really the best articles. Your list is the good one. I love US and Canada most in terms of nature and cleanliness.

  234. Is there anyone living outside of BC, especially the Island?

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  238. I live in Kingston. It's a great place to live. It's a small, humble city with nice people and is home to Ontario's oldest high school and one of the best public schools. I love itt!

  239. There is a lot more drugs in Montreal, you see them selling it in front of you. I have lived in Montreal and it sucks, people are mean there. I am from Quebec city, so I know what I am talking about. Quebec has the highest taxes with Ontario, what Quebec does Ontario does or what Ontario does Quebec will do.

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