The City of Saskatoon is at the top of the list in a new ranking by the Conference Board of Canada on the quality of life in 10 Canadian Cities.
The first ever City Health Monitor report assigned grades for the physical and socio-economic health of 10 cities based on 24 indicators in four categories:
- Life satisfaction.
- Population health.
- Healthy lifestyle.
- Access to health-care services.
Saskatoon took the top overall spot because of its higher ranking on life satisfaction and population health and healthy lifestyle.
Calgary finished in 2nd spot and Winnipeg was 3rd.
Saskatoon, Calgary & Winnipeg all received “A” grades in the study.
Vancouver, Quebec City, Ottawa-Gatineau, Halifax and Edmonton all received “B” grades.
And Montreal finished in 10th place and was the only city to receive an overall grade of “D.” The city was assigned a “D” in three of the four categories: healthy lifestyle, access to health-care services and life satisfaction.
No other Saskatchewan Cities were included in the study.
The Conference Board of Canada cautioned that benchmarking is not an end onto itself, but is intended to highlight each city’s strengths and weaknesses to determine what level of performance is possible and to investigate possible improvements.