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Best Provinces in Canada According to Survey

I have featured how Canada ranks in various country reports like best country to live, the smartest countries, the happiest countries, the  most peaceful countries, the most sustainable countries, the friendliest countries, the most charitable countries, the most prosperous countries, the best countries for quality of life, the best countries for business, the top countries for life expectancy, the best countries for working women, the best country for world travel & tourism, the best countries for human development, the top countries for Clean Capitalism, the best country for child well-being, the best countries from social progress, the best countries for higher education, the most popular countries, the least corrupt countries, the best countries for paid vacation daysthe countries with the best reputation, the best countries for global professionals, the best countries for ease of doing business, the best countries for starting a business, the best country for business, the best country for customer satisfaction and the most gay positive country. Today I’m focusing on the provinces with an inward look at how Canada views itself with help from Abacus Data’s annual Canada’s Best and Worst Provinces Survey.

Abacus Data is a “one of North America’s leading public opinion and marketing research firms” and they ran an online survey from June 19 to 23, 2013 collecting responses from 999 respondents in English and French.  ”A random sample of panelists was invited to participate in the survey from a representative panel of Canadians.” Additionally, “the data was weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s population according to age, gender, education level, and region.” Thus, the information gathered, while not completely random, does seem to be representative of the Canadian polity at large.

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The respondents were asked many questions in the survey including least/most beautiful scenery, least/most friendly people and least/most want to visit. For the purpose of today’s post, I am going to focus on the question “which province do you think is the best managed?”. Results were broken down by age, gender, education and each province’s perception of how they are run. We’re using the overall scores and ranking for the 10 best managed provinces below:

  1. Alberta – Score: 35%
  2. Ontario – Score: 21%
  3. British Columbia – Score: 14%
  4. Saskatchewan – Score: 11%
  5. Quebec – Score: 9%
  6. Manitoba – Score: 2%
  7. Newfoundland and Labrador – Score: 2%
  8. Nova Scotia – Score: 2%
  9. Prince Edward Island – Score: 2%
  10. New Brunswick – Score: 1%

According to this survey, Ontario is a bit of a polarizing force as Canadian respondents ranked it as both the 2nd best and 2nd worst managed province. Alberta retained its 1st place ranking even though its score dropped by ten points from the 2012 survey.

This is an interesting survey as it reflects how Canadians feel about their own provincial government which could then have an impact on business and tourism.

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