Best Province to Live in Canada: Top 5 Choices

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Are you a new immigrant looking for the best province to live in Canada? Or are you just curious to know about the province you should settle in in Canada? Don’t worry! We have a detailed guide here just for you.

Everyone has heard of Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, but who knows if those places are the best ones to live in Canada for a new immigrant.

Canada often ranks at the top of lifestyle lists; it offers employment opportunities; it has decent standards of healthcare and education.

If you are planning to immigrate to Canada, one of the most difficult choices will be choosing the best province to live in Canada. It depends on a lot of factors like rent, other costs of living, job opportunities, climate, and many other things.

Here we have curated a list of the top provinces to live in Canada.

This list looks at the famous cities of different provinces that are most accessible to new immigrants as well as the not-so-well-known but affordable towns too. Take a good look here, and then you can decide which is the best province to live in Canada for you!

Best Province to Live in Canada

1. Alberta

1.1 Calgary

This is the largest city in Alberta and the third-largest urban area in Canada. Calgary is also known as the world’s cleanest city. The city boasts clean sewage systems, availability of good drinking water. Also, the air pollution level is quite low.


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Calgary’s rapid growth is due to the city being at the center of the country’s oil industry. The job opportunities are diverse and include something for everyone in the banking and financial sectors, transportation and logistics sectors, and technology. The city is well known for being attractive, especially for engineers, mechanics, miners, and entrepreneurs.

The school system here is progressive, and it has got abundant parks and playgrounds, making it a charming and friendly place to raise kids.

The crime rate in the area is relatively low, and unemployment is slowly improving when more and more new immigrants are coming to live and work in Calgary. Even if you want to buy your own house in Calgary, the cost will be a lot lower as compared to other provinces. A two-bedroom single-unit house in Calgary costs around 400-500K Canadian dollars.

As the Calgary population continues to grow, housing sales are rising, but rent prices are slowly declining as we see an increase in rental properties availability.

Being another diverse area, Calgary has numerous visible minorities which include South Asians, Chinese, and Filipinos.

I put Alberta here as the first in the list of the best provinces to live in Canada Because of several reasons. Not only Alberta provides a wide range of job opportunities, but it also has better educational institutions for your children.

Besides that, the best of Alberta is its incredibly low tax system. Alberta is the only province in Canada that provides a flat rate in provincial tax, which means the people of Alberta pay lower prices than the rest of the other Canadians. So this is also one of the reasons why the cost of living there is way cheaper than in the other provinces.

All these reasons probably make Alberta the best province to live in Canada for new immigrants.

2. Ontario

2.1 Toronto

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Toronto is often ranked as one of the happiest cities in the world. It ranks well both in the educational and job sectors, especially for young professionals and newcomers. If you’re looking for a career in arts, culture, media, or technology, Toronto is a great place for you. It is well known for its high quality of life and demonstrating excellence in innovation, health, safety and security, and ease of doing business.

With incredible food and cultural diversity and the best sightseeing, the capital of Ontario is a beautiful place to live and raise children. If you’re looking for a dynamic and friendly neighborhood, you might consider living in Toronto.

Toronto is also ideal for healthy and self-sufficient seniors. If you are one of those people who enjoy a friendly and lively environment, then you should opt for a retirement home in Toronto.

2.2 Burlington

This is a perfect place for those who want a big city living close to nature and the great outdoors.

The lifestyle available is excellent. This place provides families with plenty of school and college choices from which they can choose the best. Residents have high healthcare facilities. Burlington is one of the more expensive cities in the ranking. However, this city earns a high reputation for a very low percentage of unemployment.

It has a pleasantly mild climate as compared to other Canadian cities. Based on FBI crime data, the low crime rates of this area are impressive. The chances of falling a victim to a crime are 1 out of 31 in Burlington. Also, finding a job is relatively easy in Burlington. The leading industrial sectors are food processing, packaging, electronics, transportation, business services, chemical and environmental.

There’s been a significant decline in the real estate prices of Burlington so you might be just in luck. But there’s been an increase in the rent of apartments present in the prime regions.

The area is becoming increasingly diverse of the current Burlington population, the most represented visible minority 33% claim South Asian heritage. Following the South Asian community, 16% black population and 15% Chinese population are close behind.

Income in Burlington is higher than the average income of the province.

2.3 Oakville

Oakville is a great city to live in Ontario. This suburban town is located in southern Ontario. It is merely a 30 minutes drive from Downtown Toronto.

The city allows residents easy access to the amenities and job market in both Toronto and Hamilton while maintaining the benefits of a smaller suburb.

Oakville itself offers a broad range of employment opportunities while focusing on maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Oakville is an accessible location for life science companies, specializing mainly in pharmaceuticals, and eldercare.

You can surround yourself with nature in Oakville with beautiful attractions like Shell Park, Lakeside Park, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park. You can also enjoy various outdoor activities at the lakeshores to make the most out of this city.

2.4 Ottawa

Ottawa has a very low crime rate, high quality of life, excellent public transit, and a small population. The city is known as one of the most educated cities in the country, as it is home to high-profile universities such as the University of Ottawa, which makes it a center of attraction for students.

The cost of living in Ottawa may be considered higher than in some cities in Canada, but it is still affordable. Unemployment in Ottawa is relatively low and stands at 5.3%. The most growing areas of employment are natural and applied sciences and related; education, law and community; and management occupations.

English is accepted everywhere, and learning French might benefit you in terms of integrating faster in the community or getting certain types of employment.

Ontario provides the largest industry in Business services. All these great cities that offer immense job opportunities along with a safe neighborhood and low cost of living are present in this province, which rightfully makes it the second-best province to live in Canada for new immigrants.

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3. British Columbia

3.1 Vancouver

Vancouver of BC has been ranked as the most livable city in Canada with a lot of job opportunities.

It is the largest population center in British Columbia. Surrounded by water on all of its sides, Vancouver provides us with one of the mildest climates of all cities in Canada. It generally has charming, warm weather, and heavy snowfalls during the winter are a rare occurrence here.

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It features a growing economy and an unusually diverse population. Vancouver has been a popular destination for Indian, Chinese, and other South Asian immigrants. Vancouver offers the best of the best when it comes to outdoor activities. It is an active center of arts and culture and a growing social spot.

Vancouver is family-friendly and full of fun things to do with your loved ones as well as highly-rated educational programs, which makes it a great place to raise children. The cost of living and housing prices are high compared to other locations in Canada, but the average income and style of living in the area are making significant compensation.

Vancouver has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in Canada at just 4.5%, although the cost of living is a bit high, which is a huge drawback for some. A two-bedroom single-unit house in the central location will cost you around 1 million Canadian dollars at the very least.

50% of BC’s population is said to live in the metropolitan areas of Vancouver. The standard of living might be considered high here, but the broad field of jobs makes it the third-best province to live in Canada.

4. Quebec

4.1 Montreal

Montreal, in Quebec, has a diversified economy. It is Canada’s second-largest city. It is practically one of the best places in the world to raise kids. Kids of Montreal will grow up to be culturally diverse and will get to learn two languages- English and French. Not just the kids, even the parents, will lead a happy life here. The job opportunities are vast. Single parents also have an enormous option of work to choose from.

The cost of living in Montreal is generally more affordable as compared to the other major cities in Canada.

Rent is low for apartments and can be as low as 500 Canadian dollars per month while that of houses starts from 700 Canadian dollars. Other utilities have an average cost as well. The standard of living is good as well as the work options are vast, making this capital city an excellent choice for immigrants.

4.2 Quebec city

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Quebec is beautiful. Apart from that, it also provides newcomers and immigrants a very high-quality life. You don’t need a university degree to get a good job here. Even with a high school diploma, you will be able to earn your living, and if you know French, this is the best place in Canada to get a job quickly.

Apartments in a central location or the heart of the city as you’d call it will cost more. But apartments, in the usual outskirts, have an average value and are quite affordable.

The average cost of living in Quebec City is quite affordable. Groceries and other essential daily items have an average price too. Tuition fees are affordable. The biggest perk of staying in Quebec city is its free healthcare. In Quebec City and the surrounding region, French is the official language.

The people of this city are friendly, amicable, and know how to respect cultural diversity. Every year, this place attracts millions of tourists from all around the world.

A high-quality lifestyle and friendly neighborhoods make Quebec rightfully the fourth-best province to live in Canada.

5. Nova Scotia.

5.1 Halifax

If you want to fall in love with the peaceful east coast lifestyle, then Halifax is the ideal place for you.

Low property taxes, the vast availability of federal government jobs as well as other private jobs, make Halifax look pretty good in terms of livability. It boasts one of the safest and cleanest environments in Canada.

Halifax provides a combination of urban and rural living, which attracts thousands of new immigrants. Also, the cost of living is reasonably low here as house prices are meager in comparison with other North American cities.

Fishing and trawling are the most basic and primary means of living here. Though being a fisherman might not sound too exciting, it gives you a quiet and peaceful life you want to live.

Nova Scotia gives you that calm and tranquil lifestyle with a low cost of living and useful jobs, making it the fourth-best province to live in Canada.

According to you, what is the best province to live in Canada? Let us know down below.

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13 thoughts on “Best Province to Live in Canada: Top 5 Choices”

  1. I am a former Quebecer and you missed the most importantly thing about all of Quebec. You kids HAVE TO GO to FRENCH school and they do not teach ENGLISH. You have to be fluent in French to live there. My children were educated French which was a big asset for them but their mother tongue is English. I could write a book on my experience living there. I was born and brought up there and lived with HATE my entire life. No matter how we tried, names of kids – French- sent to French school however still called names and discriminated against. No fond memories of Quebec from childhood till we left. Never been happier!!!!! So when you write the article you owe it to anyone looking to move there- you kids have to go to French school. Ask my kids about the Americans who came and their kids had to enter school in grade 5 not speaking one word ofFrench. Wasn’t long before the family was transferred back to USA and the company moved to Toronto.

    1. The experience described above is very sad and unfortunate, and it is true that it is highly recommended that a person aspiring to live in the province of Quebec should learn at least a conversational-level of French if they are not entirely fluent. Montreal is fairly mixed in terms of both languages; nonetheless, French tends to dominate English in the outer regions of the province. However, no child is obliged to go to a French school; therefore, the statement above is false. Quebec has nine English school boards. I went to an English elementary school, an English high school, a French college, and I am currently studying at an English university in an honours program. I am fluent in both English and French, and I continued to take classes in both of these languages until I had finished college. If you have no intention to learn a basic level of French, then Quebec may not suit you. If you already know some French, or if you are planning to learn, then Quebec can actually be a great place to live.

      1. I disagree with what you have said . I am born in Montreal , parents are Canadian citizens but came from Europe .
        I was FORCED to go to French immersion . Hated it but was DEF forced on me and both my siblings by school boards n government .
        Can’t wait to move the hell outta here . I speak and write French better than any “pure laine” . Quebec is the worst place any “immigrant” can come to . People are ridiculous here. Along with most business hiring people that speak ONLY french for custome service type businesses . PLUS WE OVERPAY ON TAX AND GOBERNMENT FEES LIKE PLATES , LICENSES ….
        Hopefully I’ll be out sooner than later!

      2. I agree French is mandatory to enjoy life in most of the Quebec province, in Montreal, well not necessarily. There are people born and living in West Island for instance who never bother to really learn French… There are anglophone schoolboards and French schools do give English language classes. Many anglophones in Montreal actually, a reason me (a French native) and my immigrated German Wife moved from Longueuil there to ease her integration. She has now a functional French despite we use English as its our original way of communicating. Montreal is very diverse and one can survive easily in either French or English there.

        1. Well if they don’t know French their up the creek when looking for a job especially if you don’t have a french last name.

          1. I agree with you, my family lived in Quebec for 5 years. The discrimination was horrendous, got a job offer recently had to deny it as the school would not allow me to register my children even though they speak French, but according to Quebec they don’t speak the right French..

        2. Your information about Montreal rental and home prices has changed drastically compared with the low prices quoted in the article above. Without French, employment opportunities are very challenging.

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