People around the world are flocking to Canada.
They’re even coming in from the United States.
It’s a great time to seek legal permanent resident (LPR) status or citizenship in almost any Canadian province, too. Many of the provinces are experiencing workforce shortages across any number of disciplines.
In fact, more and more people say that Canada has the best cities to live in.
When considering the best places to live, the requirements vary from person to person. A place that might appeal to families, might not appeal to young adults. While big city-living might not attract an outdoor enthusiast, others embrace all the facilities and entertainment big cities offer.
In “World’s Best Cities: A Ranking of Global Place Equity 2023”, the global consulting firm Resonance Consultancy ranked Toronto 24th internationally.
Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, has been ranked so high due to its abundance of top-tier businesses and excellent universities – and Canada’s progressive immigration strategies.
With almost half of its population foreign-born, Toronto’s top 25 finish this year is powered by diversity and education. With its eponymous university, the University of Toronto, ranking ninth globally and its residents finishing twentieth for the planet’s most educated.
Toronto’s population of almost 2.8 million and a population growth rate of 2.3 per cent in the five years that ended in 2021, Toronto’s potential impressed the consulting firm. When the entire Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the Hamilton area are put together, they comprise 19.7 percent of Canada’s population.
Incredibly, Canada’s largest city only seems to be getting started: last year it was crowned the fastest-growing metropolitan area in all of North America by a Centre for Urban Research and Land Development study.Getting less attention, is the projection by the University of Toronto that, in less than 50 years, it will trail only New York and Mexico City in North American population.
Interesting facts about Toronto:
Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and the 4th largest city in North America.
There are over 10 million trees in Toronto.
Toronto is home to North America’s only castle.
The CN Tower is the largest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.
Sports fans rejoice, Toronto has a team in every major league.
Toronto’s Pearson Airport is Canada’s busiest airport.
The Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada, and one of the largest in the world.
Yonge Street is one of the longest streets in the world.
Toronto is proud to be a home of citizens representing over 200 distinct ethnic origins.
Spadina Avenue is derived from an Ojibwe word
The Rogers Centre (which will always be the SkyDome to us) was the first stadium to have a fully retractable motorized roof.
The PATH is the largest underground shopping complex in the world
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, and one of the most important as well
The Toronto Public Library is the largest neighborhood-based library system in the world
The Toronto Islands are the largest urban car-free community in North America
Caribana is North America’s largest street festival
The four other Canadian cities on the list are Montreal at 5️⃣7️⃣, Calgary at 6️⃣5️⃣, Vancouver at 6️⃣9️⃣ and Ottawa at 9️⃣6️⃣.
Montreal Lauded For Its European Culture
North America’s most European city acted accordingly over the past two years, turning major streets into creatively-styled outdoor hangouts with art and music, and vastly increasing bike lanes. Today, Montreal’s number-22-ranked culture is palpable with a smoldering indie music scene, digital placemaking and playful creativity on every street corner.
The culture is unique and there is a European atmosphere that is incomparable to any other place in North America. It is the happy way of living that reigns in the region where we work to live. People take time for their hobbies and enjoy the small pleasures of life.
It is the city of knowledge. It is the second best university-city in North America.
Houses in Montreal are much cheaper than in Vancouver, Ottawa, or Toronto.
You can enjoy the most beautiful apartments in Montreal at low prices.
Everything in Montreal is within walking distance of your home. You can easily get to work by bus or subway. Cyclists have bike rental stations and numerous bike paths.
Every year, over40 festivals are organized in Montreal, and the least we can say about Montrealers is that they know how to party (Festival International de Jazz, Festival Juste Pour Rire, Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, Igloofest, etc.).
The passion for Hockey runs in the blood of Montrealers and all the streets downtown tremble on game days. You’ll soon find yourself in the middle of the crowd cheering for a team!
You are sure to find your place in Montreal since the city is considered the cultural capital of Canada.
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