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Canadian cities have the best North America offers, according to Mercer's annual comparison of the quality of life of 430 locations around the world. In fact, Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa finished ahead of all 17 American and 41 Asian cities ranked by Mercer. Monterrey and Mexico City were at the bottom of the list of North American cities, placing 108th and 127th globally.
"Personal safety is a key factor in determining expat quality of living," state authors of the report. "[And] Canadian cities all rank high for personal safety, with Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver sharing 16th place, whereas no U.S. cities make the top 50."
Praised as a top location for mature businesses and start-ups alike, Toronto is touted as the best city in the world for youth, the most sustainable city in North America, a top 20 location for start-ups and the best place in the world to live.
Ranked as the most affordable among all Canadian and U.S. cities, Ottawa is establishing itself as one of the top hubs for technology innovation in North America, with strengths in digital media, wireless technology, photonics, defence and security, and data analytics.
Mercer ranks locations based upon 39 factors, grouped across 10 categories:
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.
View the full report: Mercer 2016 Quality of Living Rankings
March 9, 2016
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All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. Information is accurate at the time of publication.