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Best places to move to: This Canadian city is in the global top 5

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Montreal has been named the fifth best expat city in the world, according to an annual study.

Quebec's largest city ranks in the top five, behind Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and the city-state of Singapore in the Expat City Ranking 2019 survey of the networking site. InterNations.

The annual survey ranks how expats rate life in 82 cities.

"Montreal surpasses other Canadian cities in a number of areas: it is the best Canadian city in urban life, local living costs and housing and financial ratios." InterNations said in a press release.

"In the second, it ranks fifth in the world in the housing subcategory: over three out of five expatriates positively assess the affordability of housing, and nearly four out of five say it is easy for expatriates to find housing."

Montreal ranked 33rd with expat satisfaction in its financial situation, while Toronto and Vancouver were in the top five in the world.

In terms of working life, nearly two-thirds of expatriates positively rated local career opportunities. Montreal also ranked third in the subcategory work life balance.

Montreal's local leisure options also did well, with expats in ninth place.

Despite these positives, Montreal ranks only 41st in the urban quality of life index. This includes the availability of health care in the city, with 22% of expatriates without content, compared with 13% globally.

Almost half of those surveyed were unhappy with the local climate and climate, compared to 23% in the world.

"The weather is a hassle," said an expat from Brazil, while a Venezuelan expat noted that "the winter is very long and cold."

Four Canadian cities were featured in the survey. For a city to be presented, a sample size of at least 50 participants per city was required.

After the top five in Montreal, Calgary was 19th, Toronto 39th and Vancouver 55th.

"Expats find it relatively easy to settle in all of the Canadian cities featured in the ranking, but opinions vary when it comes to working life and quality of life," according to InterNations.

"In the Finance and Housing Index, they figure in the top ten cities (Montreal) and the ten lowest cities (Vancouver) in the world."


Calgary, the second best-ranked Canadian city, was ranked first in the world in the health and environment subcategory.

The city of Albertan also stood out for its environment, only surpassed by the Swiss cities of Zug, Zurich and Bern.

"I love the vast spaces and the beautiful scenery," said an Australian expatriate.

Calgary was also rated as the friendliest Canadian city.

"I value how everyone is respected, regardless of ethnicity," said a British expatriate.

Calgary was also the easiest city in the world to get used to the local culture.

In negative terms, Calgary was the city with the worst ranking in the working life index, 71st place in the employment and career subcategory and among the top ten in job security.

Just over half of the respondents were unhappy with Calgary's local economy.

"The economy is in a terrible state, making it difficult to look for a professional job in my area," said an expat from Nigeria.

Toronto skyline


Toronto, ranked 39th out of 82 cities, scored highest in the health and environment subcategory.

"However, Toronto still ranks 40th in the urban quality of life index," InterNations said in the press release.

“This is mainly because expatriates are generally not happy with the local climate and climate; they also consider local transportation from Toronto the worst in Canada. "

Canada's largest city was ranked the worst in the country's finance and housing index. One expat called the cost of living "brutal" and another criticized the "excessive tax burden".

In terms of housing, over 70% considered it inaccessible compared to 44% globally, with over 40% describing expatriate housing as difficult to find compared to 32% internationally.

But when it comes to local career opportunities, Toronto has been rated as the best in Canada.

Vancouver skyline


On the west coast, Vancouver had the best performance among Canadian cities in terms of urban quality of life and the largest city in British Columbia ranked seventh in the world for local leisure options.

Vancouver was ranked 11th in the welcome subcategory, with an Indian expat calling Canada "a very warm and welcoming country".

But high prices in Vancouver have reduced it, with InterNations calling it Canada's most expensive city.

As a result, Vancouver ranked third in the financial and real estate index, with only San Francisco and Dublin in Ireland having the worst overall performance.

The five worst overall expat cities were San Francisco, Los Angeles, Lima, the capital of Peru, New York, and Yangon, Myanmar's largest city.

For the survey, more than 20,000 expatriates, representing 178 nationalities and residents of 187 countries or territories, provided information on various aspects of expatriate life.

The rating process emphasized respondents' personal satisfaction with these aspects and considered both emotional and most factual topics of equal weight, according to InterNations.

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