It’s the oldest line in the real estate handbook, “location, location, location.” But what matters most to you? The Best Places to Live: Canada Liveability Report by RE/MAX may help you decide.
RE/MAX found that 89% of Canadians would recommend their neighbourhoods to others. Obviously, people are making their home purchasing decisions based strongly on location.
“Housing is often a contentious topic in Canada, with affordability and inventory being persistent problems from coast to coast,” says Christopher Alexander, Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Ontario-Atlantic Canada. “However, when buyers are looking for a home, the search begins at the neighbourhood level. And the good news is that Canadians have lots of choice when it comes to ‘liveable’ cities and neighbourhoods.”
If you prioritize easy access to shopping, dining, and green spaces, then you fit in with the other 60% of Canadians that listed these items at the top of their liveability criteria. More than one-third of Canadians said that proximity to transit was important, and 30% want to live close to where they work or where there are employment opportunities.
Living close to preferred schools was high on the list, as well as proximity to cultural and community centres, but not high enough to be in the top five.
RE/MAX turned to its brokers for their professional input to rate neighbourhoods in cities across Canada on a range of liveability criteria.
Toronto ranked high for shopping, strong population growth, and access to healthcare facilities. The city unfortunately scored low in housing supply and affordability, which isn’t that much of a surprise.
“While price and value are always top of mind for buyers, there are some aspects about a home that you can’t change,” says Alexander. “These liveability factors are what make your home more than just the place you live. They are at the heart of the Canadian experience, especially when you consider the survey results.”
Turns out that Brampton is one of the most liveable cities in Canada, scoring high in employment opportunities, public transit, access to green space, shopping, economic development, population growth, and biking. There were no low scores given!
Calgary also had no low scores given and ranked high in many categories, including proximity to work, green spaces, population growth, access to preferred and top rated schools, housing supply, affordability, and bike lanes and walking paths.
Check out the Liveability Report for yourself to see which Canadian city suits you best!