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Top 10 Hot Cities for Jobs and Prosperity in Canada 2010 - 2020

Updated on September 12, 2012

Ottawa-Gatineau, Top City For the 2010s

Aerial view of Ottawa in 2007.
Aerial view of Ottawa in 2007. | Source

Top 10 Canadian Cities

© Patty Inglish, June 20, 2010; 2012. All rights reserved.


Each year, analysts choose a list of Top 10 Cities in which to live in Canada, based on a number of elements. Many cities across the nation receive nominations for this recognition, while a group of approximately 20 jockey each year for a position in the top 10 among a lists of 25 and 50 top recognized cities.

MoneySense, Canada's Personal Finance Website, selected their following list of Top 10 Cities for 2010. Their research and listings continue with a Top 25 Best Cities to Live offered at the company website at the embedded link, along with city lists from previous years The Top 10 Cities in which to live in Canada for 2010:

Ottawa-Gatineau, Quebec; Kingston and Burlington, Ontario; Fredericton and Moncton, New Brunswick; Repentigny, Quebec; Brandon, Manitoba; Victoria, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitboa, and Lévis, Quebec.

Thirteen of the Top 25 Cities lie on a diagonal line extending from #25, Windsor ON in the southwest (across the river from Detroit, Michigan) up to #10 Levis QC in the northeast. Five of the Top 10, fully half, lie along this line.

Others of the Top 10 Cities include Frederickton and Moncton in New Brunswick (to the east), Brandon and Winnipeg, Manitoba (west), and Victoria, British Columbia (far west). See the link above embedded for complete mapping of the Top 25 Cities.

The cities considered for the Best Places to Live list for Canada were examined on a number of criteria taken together, including city crime ranking among cities, cultural ranking, average household income, average house price ranking, and number of doctors per 1000 population.

Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec, across the water from Ottawa.
Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec, across the water from Ottawa.

1. Ottawa-Gatineau, Quebec. Ottawa-Gatineau is the Capital Region of Nation, extending into two provinces, including eastern Ontario and southwestern Quebec. Arts and culture abound in the region, and Confederation Boulevard is a prestigious main street inking national and local attractions. A number of cultural festivals occur throughout the year, including the popular Bluesfest, Winterlude, Canadian Tulip Festival, Capital Pride, RCMP musical ride (which tours other nations as well), the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, a Buskers festival, and a huge Canada Day. Progressional sports are popular, featuring hockey teams the Ottawa Senators, the Ottawa 67s, and Gatineau Olympiques. Higher Education is represented by the University of Ottawa and Carelton University.

2. Kingston, Ontario -- Kingston is on the east end of Lake Ontario, where Queen's University and the Royal Military College are both located. Kingston offers high quality healthcare resources and more doctors per 1,000 people than most other large cities in Canada. Major employers are within walking or short riding distance from dwelling centers, but Kingston also features urban living.

3. Burlington, Ontario -- Burlington, Ontario underwent a welcomed housing boom recently, along with the rest of Toronto's suburbs. These smaller cities extend completely to the tip of Lake Ontario in the 2010s! Burlington is a welcoming suburb where commuters to Toronto live more affordably and closer to the rural areas of the Province of Ontario.

4. Fredericton, New Brunswick -- Frederickton is the capital of New Brunswick. It possesses a well developed cultural scene, expanding and increasing industries, diversity, and accessible healthcare resources. More important than all this, however, is that here on the St. John River, the price of housing is more affordable than in many other Canadian larger cities. The average home price is $126,000 in 2010, a figure less than half that available in Ottawa.

5. Moncton, New Brunswick -- The major business and activity center of the Maritime Provinces, Moncton is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Approximately 1,500,000 people live within 60 minutes' drive time from Moncton. With urban living closer to city center, Moncton offers a small-town aura. There is highly affordable housing, employment opportunities, and accessible healthcare. One drawback is the amount of precipitation received in this city all year, including snow and rain.

6. Repentigny, Quebec --  Repentigny is a suburb off-island from Montreal, Quebec. It is just north of Montreal and on the lower end of the Rivière L'Assomption, but on the Saint Lawrence River. Repentigny is full of affluent residents who enjoy the proportionately largest percentage of newer cars in Canada. Repentigny features many suburban benefits, but safety is its number one attraction – violence  and overall crime rates are very low.

Brnadon Pow Wow 2009 - Men's Fancy Dance Competition

7. Brandon, Manitoba -- Brandon, called "Wheat City" for its agriculture, is an attractive town that offers comparative housing and cost-of-living affordability, an effective Brandon transit system and good walkways for commuters, a golf course, and good health care overall. In its location in Manitoba that is 212 km west of Winnipeg, Brandon is very dry and sunny, but incurs extremely cold winter weather. At the same time, Brandon operates its Brandon in Bloom program that is focused on conserving and improving the environment and its scenery. The arts are so respected, that street and highway shoulders are stamped and decorated by supervised art students. Local park benches are also artistically designed. Landscaping around the city is attractive and inviting as well as well-tended.

Victoria Virtual Tour

Victoria's Inner Harbour

Winnipeg: Champion Brian Clyne

8. Victoria, British Columbia -- One of my favorite cities in the nation, Victoria is beautiful, clean, and welcoming all year. Victoria continues to be a wonderful city of mild climate and engaging arts, music, and culture; and the lowest provincial tax rate in BC. Cultural, historic, and entertainment attractions continue to provide jobs and draw additional visitors. Easy to approach by a number of ferry systems, the city is located in the south of Vancouver Island, which offers hundreds of events and activities. It is one of the few places that you can travel up into the mountains for skiing and come back down in the afternoon to a summery beach. A cosmopolitan and international culture is always enjoyable in Victoria as well. Victoria is also one of the recognized Top Microcities for the Future in North America. Victoria is a successful tourist center, attracting vacationers, conventions of any number of groups, and foreign dignitaries. Some of these venues are found at Victoria Vacations and Canada Resorts. As an entryway into North America for millions of First Nations in the ancient past, Victoria and Vancouver Island First Nations installations are breathtaking.

9. Winnipeg, Manitoba -- Winnipeg is the popular capital city of Manitoba, providing a large number and types of incentives to bring in new residents. This is one of the cleanest cities in all of Canada and Manitoba is often called God’s Country for its open spaces and breathtaking scenery. Winnipeg offers a superior transit system, very affordable housing, growing numbers of job listings in the 2010s, increasing wages, and an exciting local and regional culture. It is also the HQ of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, dating back to the 1930 Winnipeg Football Club and pleasing crowds of Canadians and Americans ever since.

10. Lévis, Quebec -- This city of Levis is a growing suburb of Quebec City, Quebec - in fact, in 2002, 10 smaller communities joined together to become Levis. it is extremely safe to live in Levis as large cities go in Canada. Levis boasts outstanding access to doctors and medical treatment as well. Located on the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River, Levis offers many jobs, because it is a major hub for technology and agricultural business development and research. On the river, it is also a center for shipping, having several large companies in its own right, as well as serving a suburb for Quebec City.

The historical or "Old" parts of Levis and Quebec City are connected by ferries and two bridges for visitors and residents to enjoy. Prior to French settlement of the area, First Nations inhabited what is now Levis in large groups.

Levis, Quebec

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for the update!- I'll research your transit system currently in operations. What would you like to see improved?

      Of course, I think ours here is horrible and then visitors say how great it is.

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      9 years ago

      "superior transit system"?

      Are you sure you're talking about Winnipeg, because I use transit 5 days a week and it could use some improvement.

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      Venture Boyz 

      9 years ago from Floating in the clouds

      Congrats on the score of 100 Patty! Now, which of these cities can I get the highest paying job that requires the least amount of work?? Ha just kidding of course, thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

    • SUSANJK profile image


      9 years ago from Florida

      Good information for those of us looking to go where the jobs are. Thanks.

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      9 years ago

      Canadian economy is picking up and soon more parts of Canada will be good to live in.

    • mothercristina profile image


      9 years ago

      This was very helpful, thanks. Anymore info about Canada or any other country is always great to read.

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Super...thx Hub

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      10 years ago

      Well done hub! Nice work!

    • JodiVee profile image


      10 years ago

      Awww, Toronto didn't make the list :( Guess that means I'm moving... lol

    • megmccormick profile image


      10 years ago from Utah

      Thanks so much for this info. My daughter is actively looking for work and an agent in Canada, she was thinking Vancouver or Toronto. She's an actor and wants to find a place with a good mix of film and theatre. Any suggestions from this list of cities?

    • deblipp profile image


      10 years ago

      However it is 2011 but these cities are still have good opportunities. Thanks for your hub.

    • Jennifer Theories profile image

      Jennifer Theories 

      10 years ago from Canada

      To be successful in Canada, you have to make peace with the cold. Great article. It's no surprise to me that Alberta cities didn't show up on the list. I am getting out!!

    • Iontach profile image


      10 years ago

      I wouldn't mind moving to Canada now! There are NO JOBS whatsoever here at present and I heard Canada has a surplus of them!

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      Heading for Ottawa this year for the tulip festival. Moncton and Fredericton, NB are indeed growing rapidly. I have witnessed the changes over the past 5 years.

    • Rajnil profile image


      10 years ago from Ahmedabad, India

      Very useful hub. please keep writing such awesome ones.

    • fbliangcha profile image


      10 years ago from Guangxi-Zhuang, China

      Thanks for the external job sites. However, I am not so sure I really want to work in canada. The jobs are not very diverse. Too many of one type so I rather create my own work and work for myself bringing work in from all over the world. At least it beats working for some boss or co workers who have no respect for hard work and real conversation.

    • fbliangcha profile image


      10 years ago from Guangxi-Zhuang, China

      This is very interesting 2 Atlantic cities here. Does that mean that eastern canada is starting to boom again? and the west on the decline? Contrary to what I have heard but also I like what I see. thanks for this information

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      10 years ago

      Thank friends, You Are a very nice article posting. This is a great hup job posting.....

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Thank you for showing how beautiful Canada is,especially Victoria B.C!! My home! This has been a very informative site!

    • henrykasan profile image


      10 years ago from UK

      Excellent Hub Indeed!!!!!

      In Canada Top 10 Cities for 2010 is immensely enthralling to go through. The video attached which are followed by short description is very useful. Thanks for sharing such a fruitful information.

    • manuel83malone profile image


      10 years ago

      cool hub, I have family in Ontario and I was wondering what I can do when i get there. very useful hub. Thanks!

    • mwatkins profile image


      10 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Brilliant, informational and well written. I go back and forth between Vancouver BC and Portland OR. You are right - it is beautiful and there is so much to do! But, I believe that the people who bought their drivers licenses should get refunds. Traffic is atrocious here and that is probably the only thing about Vancouver that I would like to see changed. It is rich in things to do and see with fairs and festivals every weekend in one part of the city or another outlying area nearby.

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      Dawn Michael 

      10 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      Hey you forgot about my home town here in the United States, just kidding, great article with loads of information.

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      Gift Experts 

      10 years ago

      Canada is beautiful, no doubt! WOnderful cities and green places.

    • ncarpenter profile image


      10 years ago from Atlanta,Georgia

      Climate is cold in Canada..but it beautiful in June or July to visit. But I think Atlanta,Georgia would be a good place to work. Our City held the 1996 Olympics and we went to the opening that will stay with me for ever. YA!

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      10 years ago

      You mean these are the cities that no-one wants to move to thanks to the extreme climate and French language... Vancouver is my kinda town ;-)

      Thanks for the Hub dude

    • YEP4Life profile image


      10 years ago from Brookings, OR

      WOW what a great hub! I've been Googling about Canada; immigrating, working, best places to live, etc. BINGO!! My answers were found here. Thank You!

    • bd160900 profile image


      10 years ago from San Diego

      Great job! I loved this hub! Thanks

    • Angelique Loux profile image

      Angelique Loux 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      People from Canada very polite and understanding to, I sell on Ebay. Thanks for sharing. I will be happy to follow you.

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      10 years ago

      Victoria, British Columbia sounds nice, not to far away from Seattle either :)

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Any place in Canada is a great place to get a job because it is a beautiful place. The people are always nice and helpful. Thanks for sharing this information. Great post.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      maruthirp - Listing the fact that job postings are actually occurring should, indeed, spur hope and action. Waiting won't always help. I never waited, but made my own work. Cheers!

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      10 years ago from Hyderabad

      This must make happy those jobless people desperately waiting for oppurtunities.

    • Cari Jean profile image

      Cari Jean 

      10 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      My husband is from Toronto and he has dreams of moving back there someday. From reading this hub, sounds like Burlington would be a great place to live. Thanks for the info.

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      10 years ago from New York

      Great Hub ! thanks for the useful information.

    • HudeieG profile image


      10 years ago from The land of love of happiness.

      very helpful! kudos.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi Mr. Happy - I'd read a blog and another article about that situation and think that the cities around Toronto are growing more quickly. I'll look into it further and report back.

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      Mr. Happy 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Toronto didn't make the list? Are we indeed in that much trouble?

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Lone hello heelos comment :) I am sure these work hopes are really useful to those job hunting in each country

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Zsuzsy Bee - I am finding more to love about Canada each day, and am overwhelmed with respect and appreciation for your country.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Patty, you have shown off Canada beautifully. Thank you for that.

      as always a great hub

      hope you're well

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      10 years ago from Florida

      Great informative Hub, Patty! Thanks so much for sharing your wealth of information. I certainly appreciate the effort!

      Good Job!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Erle Stanley Gardner wrote one novel-lenth mystery based in such a Chinatown with tunnels and secret passages. It was excellent and a shame he wrote no more of them. Thanks randslam!

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      Rand Zacharias 

      10 years ago from Vernon, British Columbia

      Victoria's Chinatown tunnels are another interesting story that has been told on rare occasion. Ooohhhh, scary the dark places of opium dens and long dead China men who smoked opium to their deaths. The Tunnels still exist beneath the cities busy streets with lurid tales of smuggling and stolen men shanghaied to far away places.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Earth Angel! - Nice to have you visit and comment! We have no Chinatown in my city and I wish we did. I enjoy Victoria's immensely - so many things to see, good cuisine, friendly people.

    • Earth Angel profile image

      Earth Angel 

      10 years ago

      Blessings to you dearest Patty!!

      Beautiful Hub!! Thank you for sharing!! Not only is it eye-opening for job opportunites, it widens the perspective for how other people live, think, dream and what they consider important!!

      Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

      P.S. I can't believe how similar Victoria Chinatown looks compared to San Francisco Chinatown!! I grew up in SF and know it well!! It's lovely!! Thank you!!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks, Hello hello!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      You are very kind trying to help people to get jobs. This is a great hub. Well put together, of course, with your expertise.


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