Moving? Top cities in Canada

Moving? Which city do you pick?

Turner's Tips has seen some of the results of a recent report, "City Magnets II: Benchmarking the attractiveness of 50 Canadian cities". The results are interesting. Cities as classed as either "A", "B", "C" or "D". There were a total of 41 factors that helped separate the cities across the country into the different classes.

What a person considers important can be broken into categories. The migrant group with a university degree will focus on the following areas:

  • 21% Education
  • 20% Society
  • 19% Innovation
  • 13% Economy

If you are a migrant without a university education then you will consider the Economy as most important (33%) and Society will follow at 20%.

The report is grouped in seven categories:

  • Society
  • Health
  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Innovation
  • Housing

Notables in the Class A cities include:

  • Calgary (ranking very strong in Economic, Innovation and Housing)
  • Waterloo (ranking high in Education, Economic, Innovation and Housing)
  • Ottawa (ranking high in all areas except Health)
  • Vancouver (ranking high in Environment and Society)
  • St. John's (ranking high in Health and Environment)
  • Richmond Hill (ranking high in Innovation and Education)

These cities which achieved Class B:

  • Edmonton
  • Victoria
  • Markham
  • Vaughan
  • Kingston
  • Oakville
  • Guelph
  • Toronto (did not do as well in rankings of Health and Environment)
  • London
  • Halifax
  • Lévis
  • Regina
  • Québec
  • Burlington

Class C cities include:

  • Winnipeg
  • Montréal
  • Hamilton
  • Abbotsford
  • Sherbrooke
  • Gatineau
  • Kitchener
  • Barrie
  • Saskatoon
  • Moncton
  • Brampton
  • Kelowna
  • Thunder Bay
  • Peterborough
  • St. Catharines
  • Sudbury
  • Missisauga
  • Richmond
  • Burnaby
  • Coquitlam
  • Surrey

Cities that made it to the D list include:

  • Oshawa
  • Brantford
  • Windsor
  • Cambridge
  • Longueuil
  • Saguenay
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Laval
  • Saint John

Insurance answer
When moving be aware that your home insurance policy will cover certain damage, but not all. If the moving truck caught on fire while your contents were in transit then you could have a claim. If the truck suffers a collision or upset and your contents are damaged, then you are not likely to have coverage under your home policy.

There is an extension for temporary removal of property. Once a policy has been canceled the extension is gone. Talk to your agent or broker about the smooth transition of insurance from one province to another. You do not want to suffer a gap in coverage.