Three Canadian cities, Calgary (third), Vancouver (fifth) and Toronto (eighth), have made to the top ten in the list of the world’s most livable cities in the Global Livability Index 2022.
Calgary, Alberta tied with Zurich for third place. Alberta outranked Zurich in education and infrastructure but Zurich gained the edge in culture and environment. The top city to live in is Vienna with Copenhagen in second place.
Canada is the only country with three cities in the top ten list.
There is an overall increase in ranking over 2021 where COVID-19 pandemic restrictions caused Canadian cities to slip in the rankings.
The Global Livability Index is the study conducted by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) responsible for analyzing and monitoring the impact of global development on populations and cities.
Each year they release a report that ranks cities based on several factors such as stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. The 2022 report included 172 cities.
Canada seen as one of the safest destinations in the world
Canada consistently ranks as one of the most stable and tolerant nations in the world. According to Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection’s 2022 report, Canada is the third safest country in the world.
Similarly, according to the Global Peace Index 2022, Canada is the 10th most peaceful country in the world. Historically, the country has always been disinterested in most international conflicts. And, of course, there have been no civil wars in this country from the beginning. In short, permanent residents can expect the safety and security in Canada they need to get their life in order.
A recent study by the Canadian Bureau for International Education ranked Canada’s stability as the number one deciding factor among international students for picking Canada as their study destination.
Canada is planning to welcome over 450,000 new permanent residents each year by 2024. To reach this goal, Canada offers over 100 immigration pathways to international skilled workers.
Becoming a permanent resident
One of the most popular immigration pathways in the world, Express Entry offers three programs to eligible candidates:
- The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP),
- The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and
- The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
Candidates are given points keeping various factors in mind under Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). An Express Entry draw is then conducted every 15 days and ITAs (Invitations to Apply) are sent to the highest ranked candidates.
The CRS score is based on criteria such as language skills, work experience, education and so on.
Provincial Nominee Programs
Skilled immigrants can also apply to a particular province they wish to permanently live and work through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). All Canadian provinces, except Quebec and Nunavut, offer provincial nominee programs that work in alignment with IRCC.
PNPs allow provinces and territories to attract international skilled workers to come and contribute to their economies from day 1.
Read our comprehensive guide on Provincial Nominee Programs here.
If you are selected for immigration by Quebec, you will receive a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ). Please note that Quebec enjoys more autonomy in terms of selecting candidates for permanent residence and so the criteria for Quebec immigration programs is different from other PNPs.
Read our comprehensive guide on Quebec Immigration programs here.
Apart from the above options, one can also visit Canada under temporary foreign worker programs, student visas and temporary resident (visitor) visas.
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