First time breaking top 25 on Maclean’s list
By Kaitlyn Clark
The Haldimand Press
HALDIMAND—Maclean’s magazine released its list of the best places to live in Canada on Thursday, August 8, 2019, and, for the first ever, Haldimand cracked the top 25 with spot number 13.
The annual ranking gathers information on 415 communities across the country to calculate which areas offer the best quality of life. Maclean’s considers 10 categories in its ranking: wealth and economy, affordability, health, weather, crime, commute, taxes, demographics, culture and community, and amenities.
Ontario towns and cities made up 28 of the top 50 spots. The list also showed that many of the best communities to live in are rural, with more than three-fifths of the top 50 having fewer than 40,000 people. Macleans noted that its small towns have the least crime in the country, and Ontario has Canada’s lowest health care wait times.