The prominent online magazine Moneysense features Oakville city in Ontario as the best city for immigrants, after having conducted an annual survey of Canada’s Best Places to Live in 2018. Nearly 415 Canadian cities were ranked by Moneysense, taking into account 10 factors, namely- wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities, and culture.
According to columns of the Moneysense magazine, Oakville, a city near to Toronto is a popular choice among newcomers of Canada. With an estimated population of 200,000 people and its serene location on the shores of Lake Ontario, the city stands best in all aspects, in fact at a much higher preference than Toronto. The Toronto stands on the fifth position on the same list.
“The reputation for wealthy residents and mega-mansions is balanced by access to affordable housing and “its small-town sense of community” are a few reasons that make Oakville a favorite of newcomers”- a statement by Moneysense.
The magazine also adds that though the ranking is done based on the above 10 major categories, the weightings have been slightly adjusted “to reflect the needs and interests of immigrants.”
“A liveable city should be prosperous, but affordable. Safe, yet easy to get around. And it should have the type of weather that draws you outdoors,” the survey reads.
The survey also highlights a fact that the percentage of visible minorites in Oakville increased from 18 percent to 31 percent over a decade. Also, according to Canada’s most recent census 30 percent of the total residents in Oakville speak a language other than English or French.
“We award points to cities with a large percentage of the population speaking languages other than English and French and increase the importance of a low unemployment rate, affordable rents and access to an airport,” the survey reads.
While Oakville stands first on the list, Ottawa (Ontario), Mont Royal (Quebec), King (Ontario) and Toronto (Ontario) followed the Oakville for the top 5 positions.