MoneySense recently released their annual ranking of the best Canadian cities for immigrants to live in. Many wonderful cities and towns were competing for the coveted number one spot, but only one could come out on top. The ranking system made effective use of various forms of data such as employment rates, current immigrant populations, and rental costs in the competing destinations.
After considering various aspects of each city that could potentially be number one on the list of the best Canadian cities for immigrants to live in, Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, was awarded with the winning spot.
The following destinations form an unofficial list of the most welcoming cities or towns that offer low unemployment rates, well-paying jobs, cultural diversity and a stable property market.
At the top of our list of the best Canadian cities for immigrants to live in, is Ottawa. This beautiful city with a population of one million people, is the heart of the Canadian government. This city has a low unemployment rate of 6.6% and immigrants make up a total of 20% of the population. This means that around 200,000 people living in Ottawa are immigrants. The average rent for a regular two bedroom apartment in Ottawa is $1,176.
Gatineau (or Ville de Gatineau) is the fourth largest city in Quebec, and is located opposite of Ottawa. This city has an even lower unemployment rate of 5.5% and immigrants make up an estimated 9% of the cities’ total population of 265,349 people. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Gatineau is $752.
This city with its average population of around 100,000 people, is known as the centre of innovation and technology. This particular factor attracts several technologically savvy newcomers. The reasons for its presence on this list of the best Canadian cities for immigrants to live in, is due to its low unemployment rate of 5.2% and high immigrant population of 25%. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Waterloo is $1,081.
This city is known as the commercial hub of Montreal’s Southern shore. Brossard is known for its great ethnical and cultural diversity, which is not surprising since immigrants make up a fantastic 36% of the total population. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is quite low at around $789.
Delta forms part of the Greater Vancouver area, although it is a delight in its own right. Around 23% of Delta’s population of roughly 100,000 people are noticeable minorities. Approximately 12,000 South Asians and 5,400 Chinese Canadians add to this 23%. Delta has a very low unemployment rate of 4.9% and immigrants make up a wonderful 27% of the population. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Delta is $1,051.
This city is located on the beautiful Vancouver Island, on the west coast of Canada. Saanich adopted the name from the Saanich First Nation, which means “emerging land” or “emerging people”. Immigrants make up 17% of its total population which according to the 2011 census was 109,752 people. The unemployment rate is an estimated 5.2%, and the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,144.
Burlington is located on the shore of Lake Ontario, just west of Toronto. This is definitely one of best Canadian cities for immigrants since immigrants currently make up 18% of the total population and the unemployment rate is an estimated 4.9%. This city is a great attraction for nature lovers, hikers and birders, as well as a great deal of newcomers. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,267.
With a population of around 200,000 people, Regina is the capital city of Saskatchewan. This beautiful city is the commercial and cultural centre of southern Saskatchewan and has a 12% immigrant population. The estimated unemployment rate is 5.2% and on average a two-bedroom apartment costs around $1,097.
The Botanical Arts City, St. Alberts, is one of the most beautiful communities in Alberta. Immigrants make up a total of 9% of the total population. The unemployment rate is a low 5.1%, and the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is around $1,383.
Last but not least, on this list of the best Canadian cities for immigrants to live in is Guelph. This city has a vibrant community of 121,688 people, with a 17% immigrant population, and is situated just 100km west of Toronto, in the heart of southern Ontario. It has a very low unemployment rate of 4.8% and the average rent of a two-bedroom apartment is $1,027.