This B.C. city was rated one of Canada’s “Best Metropolitan Areas” and beat out Toronto


Everyone in Victoria, rejoice! It is now official that your city is ahead of Toronto in a new ranking. The west coast city came third on the list of best metropolitan areas in Canada.

The Rentola ranking is based on Statistics Canada data on housing, equality, environment, income, crime, education, health and work.

Using the statistics, they compared everything from average monthly rental prices and average income to perceived health factors and the unemployment rate. They also used data on the school graduation ratio, as well as the number of homicides, to create the ranking.

They ranked 36 metropolitan areas across the country, to see which had the best quality of life.

Just ahead of Victoria was Guelph, Ontario, then Ottawa-Gatineau came out on top. Third place crossed the country to Western Canada, but just behind Victoria was Quebec City.

Calgary came in fifth and Sherbrooke followed in sixth. Then Toronto dropped to seventh place, which honestly isn’t too bad on a list of 36.

A few other BC cities like Kelowna and Abbotsford-Mission were also on the list.

Victoria had a high score for housing, environment and equality. He, however, fell short in terms of education and health, in the rankings.

Income, crime and work all fell within the seven ranges of the scale, out of ten.

Overall, the city scored 6.89 out of ten, while Toronto scored 6.43.

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