Burlington was voted 2019’s best community in Canada.
Macleans magazine looked at data from communities across Canada to determine which cities and towns offer the best quality of life. Ten categories were used to rank the individual communities:
- wealth and economy
Grimsby held the second spot and Ottawa, Oakville and New Tecumseth completed the top five.
In addition to being the best community in Canada, Burlington ranked first place to raise a family. Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward in a press release said: “Those of us who live in Burlington have always known our city as the best in Canada, the best in the world.” Ward added that “Our ‘secret sauce’ is a unique blend of community assets, natural environment, and great citizens. We have outstanding community centres, rinks, pools, museums, parks and festivals; we’re book-ended by natural environment, from our downtown waterfront park and sand beach to the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve, and by great people who look out for each other and give back to our community.”
There was also a category for best community for new Canadians and Grimsby came in second behind Mont-Royal, Quebec for that title. Maclean’s looked at linguistic diversity by ranking the number of residents who speak a language other than English or French. Other factors that contributed to ranking were proximity to an airport, unemployment rates and rent affordability.
Burlington is located between the north shore of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. The city recorded a population of 205,000 in 2017 and attracts hikers, bicyclists, and nature lovers from all over the world. Incorporated in 1874, Burlington’s population reached 100,000 in 1974, and continues to be one of Canada’s fasted-growing communities. SOS First Aid started serving Burlington in 2007.
SOS First Aid offers a wide variety of first aid and CPR classes in Burlington. These classes are aimed at teaching participants how to save lives, prevent further injury and promote recovery of their loved ones or other people.