MoneySense is “Canada’s leading personal finance magazine and leading personal finance website.” In compiling this series of lists, 200 Canadian cities were rated and MoneySense added “11 new categories to [their] process, bringing the total number of categories [they] track to 33 to get an even better picture of what life is like in each community.” The main criteria used were: walk/bike to work, transit, weather, population growth, unemployment, housing, household income, discretionary income, new cars, income taxes, sales taxes, property tax rate, property tax paid as percentage of income, crime, doctors, health professionals, number of doctor’s offices per thousand people, amenities, and culture.
Downtown Calgary from Prince's Island Park from wikitravel.org
This 10 best cities for kids list was derived from MoneySense’s Canada’s Best Places to Live 2013. The relative information like the percentage of the population under 18, availability of daycare and low crime rates were taken into account to create this “mini-list”. According to MoneySense the 10 best places for kids in Canada 2013 are:
St. Albert, Alberta
Strathcona Country, Alberta
When reviewing this list, it appears that the best provinces for children in Canada are Alberta and Quebec. The recurring information that led to these cities being chosen mirror what families value in a community: lower crime rates, affordable housing, access to good daycare and home to other families with children. In some cases, the city also represented lower taxes, higher income along with the benefits of large city living.
Families would be more likely to move to areas that meet their needs and lists of this nature can be useful as a resource for such information. Companies can also use this if they are relocating employees with families. Other cities that did not make this list might want to make improvements so that they too can appeal to families (and businesses) looking to relocate.