Canada ranked first overall in quality of life

Canada landed the #2 spot in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Countries ranking on the strength of its high quality of life and economic stability.

The ranking, developed in collaboration with Y&R's Brand Asset Value group and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, scores countries on 65 attributes ranging from gender equity to entrepreneurship to respect for human rights. Over 21,000 people from 36 countries were surveyed, including thousands of business decision-makers.

Canada ranked second in the Best Countries survey with a score of 99 out of 100, only one point behind the leader, Switzerland, and placing Canada first among G20 countries. The United States ranked eighth this year, dropping one spot from 2017.

Canada ranked first overall in quality of life with top scores for its job market, public safety, political stability, and its public health and education systems. It has held this top spot for three consecutive years.

Notably, Canada also ranked second among best countries to headquarter a corporation, third best for education, and eighth for starting a business, all attributes that have been recognized by top firms in search of their global headquarters. Survey respondents also named Canada home to the world's best job market, noting unemployment have reached 40-year lows. Together these scores show Canada and Ontario as top destinations to live and do business.

Download the full report: U.S. News & World Report Best Countries

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March 2, 2018

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