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Posted on Dec 4, 2022 at 08:00 am EST

Toronto was ranked 24th on the list of the 100 Best Cities to Live in the World by Resonance Consultancy, a British Columbia-based marketing consultancy specializing in branding and marketing for cities, districts, developments and destinations around the world.

The list ranks global cities with populations of more than one million people. Rankings are based on criteria like safety, outdoor space, labor force participation, GDP, nightlife, universities, attractions, weather, and more.

Toronto’s place was the highest of any Canadian city. It received high marks for economic growth, fueled by immigration and global investment.

The report cites that with half of the city’s population being foreign-born, the community is extremely diverse. He also gave high marks to education, as Toronto is reported to be among the most educated cities in the world. Still, the 24th place is a slip from the 2022 report in which Toronto was ranked 18th.

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The official top spot went to London for the seventh year in a row, with Kyiv taking the honorary number one due to the hardships it has suffered due to the Russian invasion last year. Notably, although Moscow, the capital of Russia, ranked fourth in 2022, it was dropped from the list entirely, as was Saint Petersburg.

London’s ranking is due to high rankings for global investment, luxury real estate, tourism and thriving nightlife. Other top ten cities include Paris, New York, Tokyo, Dubai, Barcelona, ​​Rome, Madrid, Singapore, and Amsterdam.

The other four Canadian cities on the list are Montreal at 57, Calgary at 65, Vancouver at 69 and Ottawa at 96. The survey highlights that all four cities have dense immigrant populations. Montreal scored high for culture and Calgary ranked high for high GDP and a younger population. Vancouver did well for its natural setting, and Ottawa made the list due to a lower cost of living.

Canada launched the highest immigration targets ever

Canada recently released its Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, which aims to welcome 500,000 new permanent residents a year by 2025. The new targets continue to break records set in 2021 with 405,000 and nearly 432,000 in 2022. Canada is often seen as an attractive destination for immigrants because it has a reputation for stability, security, and tolerance. Its ranking on the list is due in part to the large number of immigrants who chose to settle and contribute to the economy, diversity and culture.

More specifically, the plan aims to have more than 60% of new permanent residents immigrate through an inexpensive immigration pathway, such as the Express Entry program.

Canada needs skilled workers to fill urgent gaps in its workforce left as the aging population reaches retirement age. The national birth rate is too low to solve the shortage, and therefore Canada relies on immigration to keep the economy strong.

What is Express Entry?

The most popular immigration route to permanent residence is through the Express Entry application management system.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are Express Entry programs through which eligible candidates receive a score using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and rank among themselves. .

The first step for a candidate is to self-assess their eligibility for one of these programs. Eligible candidates can then create a profile with Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to obtain their CRS score.

A CRS score is based on criteria such as work experience, language skills, and education along with other human capital factors. The higher a CRS, the more likely a candidate is to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from IRCC.

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