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Top Four North American Cities are in Canada According to Quality of Life Survey

March 24, 2016

Mercer's quality of life rankings cover 230 destinations based on their Quality of Living Survey, which compares conditions in 440 cities in order to offer companies insight into how to fairly compensate employees when assigning them to international positions.

Vancouver, British Columbia(5) is North America’s highest ranking city, with Ontario cities Toronto and Ottawa ranked 15th and 17th respectively.  Montreal, Quebec ranked 23rd.  The first American city in the ranking is San Francisco in the 28th spot.

Mercer ranks locations based upon 39 factors, grouped across 10 categories:

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

The full report can be viewed at https://www.imercer.com/content/mobility/quality-of-living-city-rankings.html

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