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Top 21 Cities And Towns To Move To In Canada

Toronto, OntarioPhoto credit: Hobolens / Flickr

Canada has a lot of opportunities for those moving within the country as well as those immigrating to it. Some of the top-rated cities in the world are in Canada. The environment is relatively clean and pure compared to the rest of the world, and the long winters are offset by plenty of recreational and cultural opportunities.

If you’re looking to live in the land of the maple leaf, here are the top 21 cities to move to in Canada. Each one of them has something, and often more than just one thing, to love.

1. Toronto, Ontario

The city of Toronto is most certainly one of the top destinations for pretty much all newcomers to Canada. This shouldn’t strike you as such a surprise, seeing as it’s one of the most diverse cities in the country and has nearly 3 million residents. It is regarded as both the financial and commercial capital of Canada and it homes about 40% of the country’s business HQs, as well as the largest banks. Toronto is also the capital of the Province of Ontario and the city is situated on the north shore of the beautiful Lake Ontario.

We really haven’t heard of anyone moving to Toronto solely because of the city’s weather, as it features a huge difference between the two opposite seasons. There are warm summers and those long, cold winters that seem to last forever. Still, the climate is considered moderate in Canada because of its southern location.

The city of Toronto and the other cities and towns nearby are very well connected by public transportation, including the subway, buses, the RT, streetcars. All of these are governed by the Toronto Transit Commission. Both the locals and the visitors will certainly never be bored in this versatile city, and if you’re on the spiritual side, there are many different places of worship in Toronto where you can get in touch with your religious beliefs.

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  • portapetey

    Low crime rate in Winnipeg??

    The crime rate, especially violent crime rate, is BY FAR the highest in Canada. So high, in fact, that it’s almost as high as a typical American city. Shockingly high for Canada.

    Do the writers on this website not do any fact checking at all? It is absolutely riddled with glaring errors.

    • Dan

      I just moved away from Winnipeg because the crime in that city is unbearable. I was mugged at gun point in Oct. They better recheck there stats.

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  • boodlebuggers

    I lived in Toronto for 2 1/2 years. I WILL NEVER LIVE THERE AGAIN.

  • brandon

    am i crazy or montreal is not on the list ? should be in top 5 ….

  • edek

    “plentiful jobs ” in Toronto? good joke. This city has no jobs to offer for immigrants coming in thousands each year.

  • Olivia

    I love how the maritimes is not on these list at all, thanks guys

  • LCT


  • Love Vancouver, moving back.

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  • Ryan Christoffersen

    I love Medicine Hat, but young families have high income because dad (or mom) is gone working the patch 300+ days a year lol…that’s not EVERY family, but it certainly is the factor that brings the average income up compared to the rest of Canada…

  • BuzzKillington

    Toronto has “some of the amenities associated with small town charm” – you mean like a redneck yokel for a mayor?

  • Kelso

    Regina.. not even once. take that off the list. the roads are horrible, the way it’s organized blows, there’s no decent entertainment, everything. I would give Regina a 6/10, only thing I would go back for is for the rough riders.

  • dylan

    only move to medicine hat if you work in the oilfield, what they dont tell you is that if you dont make a high wage medicine hat pays the lowest median wage for low income workers in all of alberta, the class gap is pretty noticeable you are either loaded or poor

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