Toronto and Calgary ranked fourth and fifth, and several other Canadian cities made the top 30 of the 140 cities surveyed. While urban livability is not an infallible indicator of corporate investment desirability, it certainly suggests Canada is doing something right.
Perhaps most importantly, the ability of the nation’s metropolitan centers to retain their attractiveness in the midst of the world’s worst economic crisis in 75 years demonstrates an underlying stability and adaptability at every level — from the individual family to the federal government.
The assessment is particularly true of the business community. “Canadian business has been enjoying a very positive image,” says James Becker, country lead for Canada at Jones Lang LaSalle. “The banking industry has been highlighted as one of the strongest in the world. The overall tenor is that Canada is a positive place to be.”