4 Quebec cities make top ten list of best places to live in Canada

WATCH: Boucherville is one of four Quebec cities considered some of the best places to live in Canada by MoneySense magazine.

MONTREAL — What do Blainville, Boucherville, Lévis and Quebec City have in common?

The four cities have been ranked as some of Canada’s best places to live by Money Sense magazine.

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Home to Quebec chanteuse Ginette Reno, professional skateboarder Pierre-Luc Gagnon and poker player Jonathan Duhamel, the Montreal suburb of Boucherville runs along the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River, has a population of just over 43,000 and features the green spaces and waterside trails of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park.

It is also considered to be the best place to live in Canada. Blainville (no. 5), Lévis (no. 8) and Quebec City (no. 10) also made the top ten list.

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MoneySense magazine released its annual “Canada’s Best Places to Live 2015” list on June 1, which measures the quality of life in dozens of cities across the country.

Canadian cities are ranked on 34 criteria, including the number of doctors in a city for every 100,000 people, walkability and housing affordability.

“The purpose is to take an objective look at the communities across the country and identify the ones where residents can thrive,” noted the magazine.

A glimpse of the city of Boucherville, Que., voted Canada’s best city to live in for 2015. David Sedell/Global News

With its low unemployment, high incomes, strong population growth, good access to transit and vibrant arts community, Boucherville ticked all the boxes for MoneySense editors.

According to the magazine, Boucherville knocked St. Albert, Alberta, a small town near Edmonton, out of the top spot.

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“Although Boucherville has often done well in our ranking, its rise to the top this year can be partially attributed to the decline in Alberta,” the report noted.

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Calgary and Strathcona County, two other previously high-ranking cities, also dropped in the ranking this year, while Ontario cities scored well, with Ottawa coming in at number two and Burlington at number three.

A glimpse of the city of Boucherville, Que., voted Canada’s best city to live in for 2015. David Sedell/Global News

Canada’s Best Places to Live 2015 – Top 10

  1. Boucherville, Quebec
  2. Ottawa, Ontario
  3. Burlington, Ontario
  4. St. Albert, Alberta
  5. Blainville, Quebec
  6. Oakville, Ontario
  7. Stratford, Ontario
  8. Lévis, Quebec
  9. North Vancouver, B.C.
  10. Quebec City , Quebec

CLICK HERE to see the magazine’s full ranking.

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