Top Cities To Live In Canada For New Immigrants

So you’ve applied to come to Canada as a permanent resident, but you don’t know exactly where you should live. Your options are definitely not limited to Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories.    

To help narrow down your choices, here are 3 of the best cities to live in Canada for 2018!

Markham, Ontario


Location: North of Toronto, right next door to Richmond Hill.

Claim To Fame: High Tech Capital of Canada. The city has the highest tech and life science companies in Canada, like IBM Canada, Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc, Apple Canada, Lucent Technologies, and Toshiba of Canada Limited. 

Top Attractions: Markham Museum, the FLATO Markham Theatre, featuring world-class music and theatre productions. Spring Footway in Toogood Pond Park and Main Street Unionville with its old-school charm and over 70 unique stores. 

Why You Should Make Markham Your New Home Town

If you live in Markham, the chances of finding your own community are promising. The municipality of Markham is the most diverse in Canada, with 73% of its population being foreign-born. You can brag about the pristine conditions of Markham’s environment, as the city has won the Recyclers of Canada Award for two consecutive years in a row.  

What’s more, Markham is an ideal spot for families who enjoy sports and other fun recreational activities. The city has 207 sports fields, 81 baseball diamonds; 126 soccer fields, 65 tennis courts; 10 indoor skating facilities, two cricket pitches; two rugby fields, four bowling green courts; a skate park, and 12 golf courses!  

Calgary, Alberta

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Arbour Lake Neighbourhood, Calgary, Alberta

Location: Calgary sits in a vast, often brown colored plain in Southern Alberta. With the Rocky Mountains that rise dramatically to the west.   

Claim To Fame: There is no general sales tax levied in Alberta and low taxes have brought many businesses to Calgary. Small businesses in Alberta pay just 14% tax, and there is no payroll tax.

Top Attractions: The Military Museum, where you will see tanks and other equipment used in the wars. The Olympic Plaza is also a fun place to visit with your family with loads of activities, like festivals, music, dancing, even flapjacks and bacon in the summer.

1886 Buffalo Cafe is a true salt-of-the-earth diner that has been an integral part of the Calgary community for several years. A definite must!

Why You Should Make Calgary Your New Home Town

Of all Canada’s provinces, Alberta’s character is most like the USA. Alberta has cowboy boots, rodeos, cow festivals, and American spellings. You can be at ease to raise a family in Calgary as it has a low violent crime rate compared to most major cities in the world. 

If you want to work in Calgary, you’ll be happy to know that salaries in the city are above the Canadian average of C$51,000 annually. The economy in Calgary is diverse and includes financial services, transportation and logistics, technology, and energy. 

Want to live in a specific Canadian province? Learn about Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program.

Brossard, Quebec


Location: Brossard is across from Montreal, with the St. Lawrence River separating the two cities.

Claim To Fame: The average resident of Brossard only has to save for three years to afford a house, and Brossard has the second lowest real estate prices of any major city in Canada.

Top Attraction: Montgomery Falls is the perfect opportunity for a romantic day out, try the bicycle tour, that takes you past cascading waterfalls with truly breathtaking scenery. 

Why You Should Make Brossard Your New Home Town

The beautiful French city of Bossard welcomes immigrants from all over the world. Residents of Brossard have access to great local services and with much of the south shore’s commercial and retail space located in the Brossard community.

To top it all off, it is easy to get to work, as Brossard is only a 10-15 minute commute to downtown Brossard. 

Learn about Quebec’s unique immigration program here!