Beyond Slogans: Comparing Canadian Cities to the World’s Best

The Conference Board of Canada, November 22, 2016
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Canada’s major metropolitan regions are competing with other global cities for talent and investment. In such a world, cities need to know how they stack up against other globally competitive metro areas in this race for highly-skilled workers and business investment.

In this webinar, find out how five Canadian metropolitan areas— Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax—fare against 15 other global cities overall, and on Economy and Social categories.

The Economy category features 21 indicators that measure local economic performance and business environment. The 11 indicators in the Social category capture some of the societal and environmental complexities that distinguish a great metro region from a mediocre one. These measures underpin a region’s ability to lure educated, creative, and diverse people. It is a combination of success on all fronts that makes a region attractive to people and private investment.

Join Alan Arcand for this illuminating webinar showing how Canadian cities compare economically and socially against some of the leading metropolitan areas in the world. The analysis is based on Greater Vancouver Economic Scorecard 2016, prepared by The Conference Board of Canada for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. The Conference Board of Canada is well known for its city benchmarking reports, having completed similar exercises evaluating Toronto and Montréal.

Webinar Highlights

During this webinar Alan Arcand will describe the methodology, results and implications of Canadians cities’ performance compared to its global peers, including:

  • The top five overall cities—Singapore, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Calgary, and Seattle.
  • The overall Canadian performance: Calgary (4th), Vancouver (9th), Toronto (10th), Montréal (14th), and Halifax (16th).
  • Economy performance: Asian metros dominate, with Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shanghai occupy the top three spots. Calgary ranks 4th (based on data that predates the collapse in oil prices), followed by Vancouver (9th), Toronto (13th), Halifax (14th), and Montréal (16th).
  • Society performance: European cities Barcelona and Copenhagen top this category, followed by Sydney (Australia) and three North American metro areas—Portland, Toronto, and Seattle.
  • Canadian cities’ social performance: Toronto (5th), Vancouver (7th), and Montréal (9th), Calgary (11th) and Halifax (15th). Canadian CMAs share attributes of low homicide rates, good air quality, and decent housing affordability (except for Vancouver). However, Canadian cities do less well than their global peers on the proportion of their population aged 25–34, share of the population with university degrees, and non-car commuting.

About Alan

Photo of Alan ArcandAlan Arcand oversees the Centre’s forecasts of 28 Canadian census metropolitan areas. As well, he conducts customized studies measuring the fiscal capacity of cities, economic impact analyses, and the development of customized macroeconomic models. Alan joined the Conference Board in 2000. He obtained his M.A. in economics from Queen’s University and his B.A. in international relations from the University of Windsor.

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