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Top 10 Multicultural Cities to Settle in Canada

Undoubtedly, Canada is known to be one of the most multicultural places in the world, welcoming immigrants to settle in Canada from across the globe. 

Over 20% of our population is foreign-born, most of whom come from countries such as China, India, Pakistan, the US, the UK, Iran, South Korea, Columbia and Sri Lanka. 

There has also been a large share of African, Caribbean, as well as Central and South American newcomers in the past 10 years who have immigrated to Canada.

The Canadian immigrant population has over 200 different ethnic origins and encourages newcomers to make Canada their home.

With an immigration plan to invite 1 million immigrants to Canada by 2022, the Government wants to welcome 361,000 people to immigrate to Canada in 2020, a total that is set to increase to 390,000 in 2021. 




Most immigrants choose to move to four provinces, Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta, which is home to Canada’s largest urban city centres. But which cities do most foreigners choose when moving to Canada? Let's take a closer look at our 10 ten destinations below:

  1. Waterloo (Ontario);
  2. Burlington (Alberta);
  3. Calgary (Alberta) ;
  4. Vancouver (British Columbia);
  5. Toronto (Ontario);
  6. Ottawa (Ontario);
  7. Surrey (British Columbia);
  8. Mississauga (Ontario);
  9. Markham (Ontario);
  10. Longueuil (Quebec).

Where Do Most New Immigrants Live in Canada?

Top 10 Most Multicultural Cities to Settle in Canada| live in Canada


1. Waterloo (Ontario)

Our number one choice for the most multicultural and diverse city to settle in Canada has to be Waterloo. Why you may ask? This quaint quiet destination is no longer just a mere rural town. It is home to the University of Waterloo, with fantastic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs for international students looking to study in Canada, making it a regional tech hub. Housing is somewhat affordable and there are a number of significant foreign communities from countries such as China, South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Korea, the Philippines and Japan. This is partly due to diverse job opportunities in all sectors such as sales, education, law, business and finance, management as well as trade and transportation. You can look forward to earning an average salary of around $2,756 in this peaceful city depending on your experience and occupation.


Cost of Living in Waterloo
Eating OutAverage Price
Meal at a restaurant (1 person)$18
Beer$7
Cappuccino$3.75
Water(330ml)$1.66
MarketsAverage Price
Milk (1l)$2.28
Loaf of Bread$2.71
Eggs (dozen)$2.99
Water(1.5l)$2.17
Bottle of wine$15
TransportationAverage Price
One-way ticket$3.25
Monthly Pass$90
Gas (1l)$1.10
Utilities (Month)Average Price
Basic (electricity, heating/cooling, water, Refuse)$178.58
Prepaid Mobile Tariff (1 min)$0.38
Internet$68.56
ChildcareAverage Price
Preschool/Kindergarten (Full Day per child)$1,138.33
International Primary School(per year per child)$9,800
Rent (Month)Average Price
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre$1,485.94
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside City Centre$1,176.92
Buy (Month)Average Price
Apartment in City Centre (per square meter)$5,432.18
Apartment outside City Centre (per square meter)$5,010.08

2. Burlington (Alberta)

aerial view of downtown Burlington Ontario |  settle in Canada

Now you may or may not have heard of Burlington but it really is a gem in our books. Niagara Falls is about a 54-minute drive from this peaceful city and is fondly known as the Golden Horseshoe which comes from Ontario Lake’s horseshoe shape at its west end, with Burlington, Cootes Paradise and Hamilton roughly at its centre. About 56% of its population come from Europe, 11.8% from South Asia as well as housing many communities from East Asia, Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The top five languages spoken in Burlington, other than English and French, are Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Tagalog (Filipino) and Punjabi. Although lesser known compared to its neighbours it is just as diverse and offers many opportunities for skilled foreign workers, who can look forward to earning an average income of about $4,783.33.


Cost of Living in Burlington
Eating OutAverage Price
Meal at a restaurant (1 person)$22.50
Beer$7.50
Cappuccino$4.19
Water(330ml)$1.88
MarketsAverage Price
Milk (1l)$3.21
Loaf of Bread$3.49
Eggs (dozen)$3.72
Water(1.5l)$2.08
Bottle of wine$16
TransportationAverage Price
One-way ticket$3.50
Monthly Pass$100
Gas (1l)$1.11
Utilities (Month)Average Price
Basic (electricity, heating/cooling, water, Refuse)$136.12
Prepaid Mobile Tariff (1 min)$0.50
Internet$73.55
ChildcareAverage Price
Preschool/Kindergarten (Full Day per child)$1,783.33
International Primary School(per year per child)$30,000
Rent (Month)Average Price
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre$1,505.56
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside City Centre$1,466.67
Buy (Month)Average Price
Apartment in City Centre (per square meter)$6,484.96
Apartment outside City Centre (per square meter)$6,415.94

3. Calgary (Alberta)

city skyline in Calgary Alberta | settle in Canada

Calgary comes in at number three on our list of most multicultural places to live in Canada. There are over 1,3 million people living in the city of which almost 30% are immigrants. Most foreigners who immigrate in Calgary are from the Philippines, India and China and the top five languages spoken in Calgary, after English, are Tagalog, Punjabi, Spanish (one of the largest communities in Canada) and Mandarin which is a testament to its ethnocultural diversity. Calgary has great work opportunities for those in the tourism, film and television, life sciences and health as well as financial sectors. This is the perfect place to raise a family and is quite affordable considering you’ll be earning about $4,297 after taxes.


Cost of Living in Calgary
Eating OutAverage Price
Meal at a restaurant (1 person)$20
Beer$7
Cappuccino$4.45
Water(330ml)$2.04
MarketsAverage Price
Milk (1l)$2.56
Loaf of Bread$2.62
Eggs (dozen)$3.44
Water(1.5l)$2.04
Bottle of wine$17
TransportationAverage Price
One-way ticket$3.50
Monthly Pass$109
Gas (1l)$0.97
Utilities (Month)Average Price
Basic (electricity, heating/cooling, water, Refuse)$199.03
Prepaid Mobile Tariff (1 min)$0.28
Internet$78.13
ChildcareAverage Price
Preschool/Kindergarten (Full Day per child)$1,173.15
International Primary School(per year per child)$14,914.745
Rent (Month)Average Price
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre$1,203.54
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside City Centre$990.68
Buy (Month)Average Price
Apartment in City Centre (per square meter)$4,605.51
Apartment outside City Centre (per square meter)$2,959.61

4. Vancouver (British Columbia)

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Vancouver is a city that has it all: a world-class healthcare system with stellar medical plans, beautiful island beaches, a temperate climate with vacation destinations such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hawaii just a short flight away. With over 2,4 million people living in the city, almost half of the population originate from Europe with about 23% coming from East Asia as well as foreigners from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and various other countries who now call Vancouver home. The only reason why this city is not number one on our list is it’s high accommodation costs. The average salary in Vancouver is around $4,404 after tax deductions and despite it’s higher than the average cost of living it is still one of the most popular places for newcomers to Canada.


Cost of Living in Vancouver
Eating OutAverage Price
Meal at a restaurant (1 person)$18
Beer$7
Cappuccino$4.37
Water(330ml)$1.77
MarketsAverage Price
Milk (1l)$2.44
Loaf of Bread$3.27
Eggs (dozen)$3.86
Water(1.5l)$2.52
Bottle of wine$19.50
TransportationAverage Price
One-way ticket$3
Monthly Pass$98
Gas (1l)$1.41
Utilities (Month)Average Price
Basic (electricity, heating/cooling, water, Refuse)$90.76
Prepaid Mobile Tariff (1 min)$0.40
Internet$78.86
ChildcareAverage Price
Preschool/Kindergarten (Full Day per child)$1,246.46
International Primary School(per year per child)$21,157.45
Rent (Month)Average Price
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre$2,061.79
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside City Centre$1,600.70
Buy (Month)Average Price
Apartment in City Centre (per square meter)$11,984.71
Apartment outside City Centre (per square meter)$9,131.71

5. Toronto (Ontario)

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Toronto is not only one of the most popular destinations among immigrants looking to settle in Canada but is also one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in Canada. With over 2,9 million people living in this bustling hub, data shows that around 51% of the population are immigrants. Toronto is so multicultural that it has its own ethnic neighbourhoods, such as Chinatown, Corso Italia, Little Italy, Little India, Greektown, Koreatown, Little Jamaica, Little Portugal and Roncesvalles in celebration of the city's diversity. There are plenty of job opportunities in almost every sector however because this is a very popular destination you may have to contend with some competition as well as a higher cost of living than other Canadian cities. The average salary of $3,960, however, will more than make up for it.


Cost of Living in Toronto
Eating OutAverage Price
Meal at a restaurant (1 person)$20
Beer$8
Cappuccino$4.39
Water(330ml)$1.90
MarketsAverage Price
Milk (1l)$3.11
Loaf of Bread$2.90
Eggs (dozen)$3.48
Water(1.5l)$1.97
Bottle of wine$17
TransportationAverage Price
One-way ticket$3.25
Monthly Pass$151.15
Gas (1l)$1.16
Utilities (Month)Average Price
Basic (electricity, heating/cooling, water, Refuse)$153.11
Prepaid Mobile Tariff (1 min)$0.45
Internet$69.39
ChildcareAverage Price
Preschool/Kindergarten (Full Day per child)$1,550.40
International Primary School(per year per child)$26,466
Rent (Month)Average Price
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre$2,223.76
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside City Centre$1,807.98
Buy (Month)Average Price
Apartment in City Centre (per square meter)$11,344.98
Apartment outside City Centre (per square meter)$8,719.57

6. Ottawa (Ontario)

Parliament building in Ottawa | settle in Canada

Living in Ottawa is a great choice all round. As the capital of Canada, the city has a lot to offer newcomers, such as top-notch medical facilities, various cultural gatherings, skiing, national parks, great public schools, a bustling tech sector as well as a large number of immigrant communities. There are approximately 27 different foreign languages spoken in Ottawa from places such as India, China, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Central Africa, the Caribbean, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece. You could earn about $3,846.33, which is the average take-home salary after taxes. Ottawa is also a lot cheaper to live in than say Vancouver or Toronto making it the perfect palace to settle in Canada.


Cost of Living in Ottawa
Eating OutAverage Price
Meal at a restaurant (1 person)$20
Beer$7
Cappuccino$4.27
Water(330ml)$1.67
MarketsAverage Price
Milk (1l)$2.57
Loaf of Bread$2.87
Eggs (dozen)$3.28
Water(1.5l)$1.74
Bottle of wine$15
TransportationAverage Price
One-way ticket$3.60
Monthly Pass$119.50
Gas (1l)$1.12
Utilities (Month)Average Price
Basic (electricity, heating/cooling, water, Refuse)$149.70
Prepaid Mobile Tariff (1 min)$0.25
Internet$63.49
ChildcareAverage Price
Preschool/Kindergarten (Full Day per child)$1,136.11
International Primary School(per year per child)$15,142.86
Rent (Month)Average Price
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre$1,561.30
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside City Centre$1,214.51
Buy (Month)Average Price
Apartment in City Centre (per square meter)$5,077.67
Apartment outside City Centre (per square meter)$2,974.97

7. Surrey (British Columbia)

Aerial view of Trans Canada highway in Surrey British Columbia |  settle in Canada

Surrey is the biggest suburban city in the Metro Vancouver area and the 12th largest in Canada, with a population of 517,885, 43% of which are foreigners. 32% of the residents in Surrey are Southeast Asians, predominantly from China and the Philippines, making it an exceptional multicultural city to live in Canada. Surrey offers various job opportunities in the agricultural, medical and film industries and you can expect to earn an average wage of around $3,104.17 after taxes, however, if you prefer to find work in Vancouver, you’ll be able to get to the city in just 35 minutes.


Cost of Living in Surrey
Eating OutAverage Price
Meal at a restaurant (1 person)$15.50
Beer$7
Cappuccino$4.58
Water(330ml)$1.70
MarketsAverage Price
Milk (1l)$2.31
Loaf of Bread$2.81
Eggs (dozen)$3.65
Water(1.5l)$2.22
Bottle of wine$17
TransportationAverage Price
One-way ticket$3
Monthly Pass$120
Gas (1l)$1.48
Utilities (Month)Average Price
Basic (electricity, heating/cooling, water, Refuse)$118.80
Prepaid Mobile Tariff (1 min)$0.35
Internet$78.43
ChildcareAverage Price
Preschool/Kindergarten (Full Day per child)$883.33
International Primary School(per year per child)$6,666.67
Rent (Month)Average Price
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre$1,523.33
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside City Centre$1,185.42
Buy (Month)Average Price
Apartment in City Centre (per square meter)$7,586.76
Apartment outside City Centre (per square meter)$5,674.73

8. Mississauga (Ontario)

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Mississauga is nestled just west of Toronto and is a relatively large city, with just about 800,000 people living there. This truly is a diverse city with a 53.4% immigrant population, predominantly from India, China, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Korea, with more than 21 different international languages spoken other than English or French. You could earn about $3,988 after taxes annually when working in Mississauga. Although there are plenty of jobs in Mississauga, it is just a short 24-minute drive from Toronto and is also a much more affordable place to live.


Cost of Living in Mississauga
Eating OutAverage Price
Meal at a restaurant (1 person)$15
Beer$5.50
Cappuccino$4
Water(330ml)$1.74
MarketsAverage Price
Milk (1l)$1.90
Loaf of Bread$2.86
Eggs (dozen)$3.30
Water(1.5l)$2.18
Bottle of wine$14.50
TransportationAverage Price
One-way ticket$3.75
Monthly Pass$135
Gas (1l)$1.12
Utilities (Month)Average Price
Basic (electricity, heating/cooling, water, Refuse)$208.17
Prepaid Mobile Tariff (1 min)$0.42
Internet$62.89
ChildcareAverage Price
Preschool/Kindergarten (Full Day per child)$1,249.29
International Primary School(per year per child)$9,133.33
Rent (Month)Average Price
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre$1,966.07
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside City Centre$1,671.15
Buy (Month)Average Price
Apartment in City Centre (per square meter)$7,671.88
Apartment outside City Centre (per square meter)$5,883.68

9. Markham (Ontario)

Cathedral of the Transfiguration Markham Ontario | settle in Canada

Markham, located in Ontario has a population of about 327,400 people, more than of which are immigrants, the majority of whom originate from China or other Southeast Asian countries. If you decide to work in Markham you can expect a salary of around $4,511 after taxes, however, there are options to work in other cities too. The city is conveniently located close to Toronto, making it easy to 26-minute commute if you find yourself working or studying in Toronto. The cost of living is also much more affordable than bigger cities in Ontario, making it the ideal place to settle in Canada.


Cost of Living in Markham
Eating OutAverage Price
Meal at a restaurant (1 person)$16
Beer$6.50
Cappuccino$3.35
Water(330ml)$1.50
MarketsAverage Price
Milk (1l)$2.30
Loaf of Bread$2.67
Eggs (dozen)$3.45
Water(1.5l)$1.33
Bottle of wine$15
TransportationAverage Price
One-way ticket$4
Monthly Pass$150
Gas (1l)$1.11
Utilities (Month)Average Price
Basic (electricity, heating/cooling, water, Refuse)$131.49
Prepaid Mobile Tariff (1 min)$0.62
Internet$62.31
ChildcareAverage Price
Preschool/Kindergarten (Full Day per child)$1,218.33
International Primary School(per year per child)$14,000
Rent (Month)Average Price
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre$1,861.11
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside City Centre$1,538.89
Buy (Month)Average Price
Apartment in City Centre (per square meter)$8,035.89
Apartment outside City Centre (per square meter)$3,850

10. Longueuil (Quebec)

Longueuil and the Saint-Lawrence river in fall |  settle in Canada

Longueuil, located on the south shore of St. Lawrence River just across from Montreal, is Canada’s 20th largest city. With just under 240,000 people living in the city, more than 17% of the population are immigrants. Its population has more than doubled in the past 6 years due mostly to immigration. Although there are other cities in Quebec that have a higher percentage of immigrants, such as Montreal (23%) or Brossard (30%), Longueuil remains rich in diversity with a much lower cost of living in comparison. Living in Longueuil you can expect to earn around $3,000 after taxes, however, you’ll be a mere 15 minutes drive from both Montreal and Longueuil should you choose to work or study in either.


Cost of Living in Longueuil
Eating OutAverage Price
Meal at a restaurant (1 person)$14
Beer$6
Cappuccino$3.31
Water(330ml)$1.10
MarketsAverage Price
Milk (1l)$2.43
Loaf of Bread$3.51
Eggs (dozen)$3.36
Water(1.5l)$2
Bottle of wine$15
TransportationAverage Price
One-way ticket$3.25
Monthly Pass$112.50
Gas (1l)$1.16
Utilities (Month)Average Price
Basic (electricity, heating/cooling, water, Refuse)$98.04
Prepaid Mobile Tariff (1 min)$0.33
Internet$60
ChildcareAverage Price
Preschool/Kindergarten (Full Day per child)$689.48
International Primary School(per year per child)$8,586.96
Rent (Month)Average Price
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre$787.50
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside City Centre$645
Buy (Month)Average Price
Apartment in City Centre (per square meter)$3,194
Apartment outside City Centre (per square meter)$1,900

How Much Money Do You Need to Settle in Canada?

This, of course, depends on where you decide to settle in Canada as well as which Canadian Immigration pathway you choose. To settle in Canada on your own you will need roughly $12,960 (CAD) in settlement funds whereas a family of four could be looking at around $24,083 (CAD). This is of course excluding, visa application fees, flight and the general cost of living. To find out how much money you’ll need to immigrate to Canada, visit our blog here.

How Do I Permanently Settle in Canada?

There are various routes that you can take to settle in Canada, whether it be to live and work permanently in Canada, to work on a temporary basis or study, there are many ways to gain permanent residency status in Canada. The most popular way to move to Canada as a skilled worker is through one of three Express Entry programs. If you plan to work for a short period of time you can apply for a temporary work visa and if you decide you’d like to stay there are various PNP and federal programs that will allow you to apply for PR status if you have at least six months to one year of Canadian work experience as well as meet other factors. For more information on how to immigrate to Canada in 2020, visit our blog here.



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