Newcomers to Canada Are Selecting Calgary as Their Destination

Posted by Justin Havre. on Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 8:01am.

Recently, the Conference Board of Canada issued a report that studied the attractiveness of Canadian cities to newcomers. Calgary came in second place to Waterloo, which is located in Ontario. The report, called City Magnets III: Benchmarking the Attractiveness of 50 Canadian Cities, analyzed the various features that attract people that are arriving in Canada.

The top 6 cities on the list were as follows:

  • Waterloo
  • Calgary
  • Ottawa
  • Richmond Hill
  • Vancouver
  • St. John's

The city listed above received an "A" rating while the cities below, which were next in line on the list, received a "B" rating:

  • Edmonton
  • Regina
  • Burnaby
  • Markham
  • Oakville
  • Mississauga
  • Toronto
  • Coquitlam
  • Saskatoon
  • Winnipeg
  • Victoria
  • Halifax
  • Québec City
  • Kingston

Calgary came in first place in the innovation and economy categories. It had weaker results in the environment, health and education categories. While the work force in Calgary can be considered to be well-educated, the education marks were lacking due to poor results for teacher to student ratios. While the results were weaker in these categories, Calgary was the only Canadian city appearing on the list that did not receive a "C" or a "D" grade in any category.

The cities receiving a "C" grade included:

  • Montreal
  • Gatineau
  • Lévis
  • Sherbrooke
  • Laval
  • Saguenay
  • Longueuil
  • Vaughan
  • Guelph
  • London
  • Kitchener
  • Burlington
  • Thunder Bay
  • Richmond
  • Surrey
  • Kelowna
  • Moncton

Cities receiving a "D" grade included the following cities:

  • Hamilton
  • Brampton
  • Sudbury
  • Windsor
  • Barrie
  • St. Catherines
  • Brantford
  • Cambridge
  • Ottawa
  • Abbotsford
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Saint John

The "A" cities on this list have a strong magnetic pull with attributes that naturally draw in people. The "B" cities also have a strong appeal while the "C" cities have room for improvement. The "D" cities on the list have to struggle to attract newcomers that have arrived in the country.

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