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Three Canadian Cities Receive Top Marks in Conference Board’s First City Health Ranking

Ottawa, December 13, 2016—Saskatoon, Calgary and Winnipeg earn an “A” grade in The Conference Board of Canada’s first City Health Monitor that compares the health performance of 10 Canadian cities.

“Although cities in Canada have similar standards of living, slight variations between cities may have significant impacts on the health of its citizens,” said Louis Thériault, Vice-President, Public Policy. “Benchmarking cities’ health performance helps identify gaps and determine policy priorities to improve the health care system and the health of Canadians.”


  • Saskatoon finishes 1st in the city health rankings, placing ahead of Calgary and Winnipeg. All three of these metro areas earn an “A” grade.
  • Six out of the 10 Canadian cities in the ranking fall in the middle of the pack and receive overall “B” grades. Montréal finishes in 10th place and is the only city to receive an overall “D” grade for city health.

Health ranking of ten Canadian citiesThe City Health Monitor examines and benchmarks the physical and socio-economic health of 10 metropolitan areas in Canada. Each metro area receives a grade based on their performance on 24 indicators, grouped into four categories: life satisfaction; population health; healthy lifestyle; and access to health care services.

“A” Cites: Three Metropolitan Areas

Saskatoon finishes first in the city health rankings, placing ahead of Calgary and Winnipeg. All three of these metro areas score an “A” grade, with each near the top in at least two categories. Saskatoon’s strength lies in a first-place ranking in the life satisfaction category and placing in the top four in population health and healthy lifestyle. Meanwhile, Calgary’s position is helped by its second-place ranking in the life satisfaction and healthy lifestyle categories, while Winnipeg finishes first in the access to health care category and posts relatively decent results elsewhere.

“B” Cities: Six Metropolitan Areas

Six of the 10 metro areas earn a “B” grade. Vancouver distinguishes itself from the other cities by ranking 1st in the population health and the healthy lifestyle categories. However, lower scores in access to health care services and life satisfaction give Vancouver an overall 6th place finish. Meanwhile, Québec City, Ottawa-Gatineau, Halifax, Edmonton, and Toronto post decent results in one category, but falter slightly in other categories. None of these metro areas place higher than 3rd in any category.

“D” City: One Metropolitan Area

Montréal rounds out the rankings in the final position and is the only city to receive an overall “D” grade. Montréal’s overall grade results from placing no higher than 8th position in all categories and receiving a “D” grade in three categories: healthy lifestyle, access to health care services, and life satisfaction.

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