Canada's Charm Shines: Three Cities Clinch Top Spots in Global Livability Rankings


In the ever-evolving landscape of global livability, Canada stands out once again as three of its cities secure top spots in The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Index for 2023. Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto emerge as shining beacons of quality living, contributing to Canada's dominance in the top 10 rankings. Let's delve into the specifics of these rankings and uncover what makes these cities exceptional.

Canada's Top 3 Performers:

1.    Vancouver (5th Place):

Maintaining Canada's top spot and securing 5th place globally, Vancouver impresses with an overall liveability score of 97.3.

Perfect scores in healthcare and education (100), showcasing a commitment to residents' well-being and education.

Strong performances in culture and environment (97.2), infrastructure (96.4), and stability (95) further underscore Vancouver's appeal.

2.    Calgary (7th Place):

Defying traditional expectations, Calgary retains its top 10 status with a score of 96.8, tied with Geneva, Switzerland.

Boasting perfect scores in stability, healthcare, education, and infrastructure, Calgary stands out as a city with promising potential for becoming Canada's most liveable.

A relatively lower score in culture and environment (87.3) tempers the overall liveability score.

3.    Toronto (9th Place):

As Canada's most populous city, Toronto secures the 9th position with an overall liveability score of 96.5.

Perfect scores in education, healthcare, and stability (100), reflecting a commitment to providing residents with essential services.

However, a lower score in infrastructure (89.3) contributes to Toronto's slip in the rankings, indicative of challenges within the housing sector.

Global Landscape:

·      Top 10 Rankings:

Vienna claims the top spot with a remarkable score of 98.4, closely followed by Copenhagen and Melbourne.

Notably, the difference in total liveability scores between the 10th and 1st-ranked cities is merely two points, highlighting the fierce competition.

·      International Presence:

Beyond Canada, Australia and Switzerland prominently feature in the top 10, each boasting two cities.

Osaka ties for 10th place with Auckland as the only non-North American, non-European, and non-Australia/New Zealand city on the list.

Scoring Methodology:

·      City-Specific Breakdowns:

Stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure form the basis for city evaluations.

Vancouver excels in healthcare and education, Calgary demonstrates potential across all criteria, and Toronto shines in education and healthcare.

·      Detailed Criteria Breakdown:

Stability assesses crime prevalence, threat levels, and civil unrest. Canadian cities score highly, with Vancouver trailing with a 95 rating.

Healthcare metrics include private and public healthcare availability and quality, showcasing Canada's commitment to high-quality healthcare for residents.

·      Culture and Environment:

This criterion reveals differences among cities by examining factors like climate, corruption, and cultural availability. Toronto and Vancouver score well, while Calgary scores lower (87.3).

·      Education and Infrastructure:

Education emerges as a global strength, with all top 10 cities scoring a perfect 100. Infrastructure, however, presents variations among Canadian cities, with Toronto facing challenges (89.3).


As we dissect the intricacies of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index for 2023, Canada's charm shines bright through Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. Each city brings a unique blend of strengths and challenges, contributing to the rich tapestry of global livability. Despite the competitive landscape, these Canadian cities stand tall, reaffirming their commitment to providing residents with a high quality of life. The rankings testify to Canada's enduring appeal on the global stage.

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