Canadian cities namely Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto continue to retain top spots on Global Liveability Index 2022.
The index is a yearly assessment by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on the urban quality of life, determined by five factors – stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.
The Economist Intelligence Unit is a division of The Economist Group, which operates the popular magazine The Economist.
The survey ranked Calgary in Alberta province at third position out of 172 world cities, the highest by any city in Canada. It tied up with Zurich in Switzerland.
Vancouver in British Columbia province moved up a place to fifth, compared to last year’s rank. While Toronto in Ontario province slipped one place to secure the eighth position.
Together, they make three Canadian cities among the top 10 most ‘liveable’ cities.
The high ranking of Canadian cities- Calgary in Alberta province, Vancouver in British Columbia province, and Toronto in Ontario province also indicate that these urban cities are free from the threat of terror, military conflict or civil unrest.
The availability and quality of private and public healthcare as well as education are beyond expectations in these cities. Also, the quality of roads, public transportation, availability of housing, secularity and tolerance are all at its peak.
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Canadian Cities Popular Among Immigrants
According to Statistics Canada, Calgary had welcomed nearly 46% of total immigrants moving to Alberta. During the same period, nearly 81% of total immigrants moving to British Columbia landed up in Vancouver and about 76% of immigrants who moved to Ontario chose Toronto as their preferred destination.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada and is a competitor to Silicon Valley and Seattle in terms of tech jobs and settlements. Since 2013, it has added about 80,100 tech jobs and skilled foreign immigrants were its major beneficiaries.
Calgary, Alberta is known for heavy establishments such as the oil and gas industry and the same requires a skilled workforce which is fulfilled by foreign skilled Immigration.
Last year’s index applauded the efforts of Vancouver in maintaining corruption-free public services, a high-level of secularism, and greater sensitivity to climate change. Toronto outranked other Canadian cities in healthcare and education services.
Additionally, a recent study by the Canadian Bureau for International Education ranked Canada’s stability as the number one deciding factor for international students.
Qualifying for Canadian Permanent Residency
A unique agreement between the federal government and provincial governments of Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia offers immigration opportunities – Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), and the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) respectively.
A successful nomination under any one of the three provincial programs can boost your chances of qualifying for Canadian permanent residence.
Currently, the AINP has three immigration streams: Alberta Opportunity Stream, Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream, and Alberta Express Entry Stream. Each of these streams caters to a specific group of immigrants.
In recent times, Alberta’s Express Entry Stream has given provincial nominations to eligible candidates even with CRS cut-off scores as low as 300.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) accepts applications under three immigration categories namely Human Capital Category, Employer Job Offer Category, and Business Category. Express Entry candidates with work experience in specific tech occupations are targeted under the Human Capital Category.
British Columbia has two main immigration streams under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP): Entrepreneur Immigration, Skills Immigration, and Express Entry candidates.
Canada aims to welcome over 450,000 new permanent residents each year by 2024. To explore more about Canadian cities across 13 provinces and 3 territories and determine your chances of qualifying for immigration, contact a certified immigration consultant like CanApprove.
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