Choosing A City Or Town

Before You Arrive


Choose the right city

Canada is a large country with many places to live, each with its own weather, culture, services and more. Even if you have friends and family living in Canada, take time to think about what you want your new life to be like. Do you wish to live in a large city? Would you be happier in a small town? What kind of schooling do you and your family want?

Canadian communities are diverse

If you have specific work skills, you will want to live in a place where you can best use them. Take time to consider other options as well, such as:

  1. Cost of living
  2. Health services
  3. Climate
  4. Cultural activities
  5. Community centers
  6. Libraries
  7. Facilities
  8. Languages spoken

Cities come in many sizes

Most newcomers to Canada settle in one of the country’s three largest cities: Toronto (4.4 million people), Montreal (3.4 million), and Vancouver (1.9 million). Medium-sized cities range in size from about 100,000 to 1 million people.

Learn more about Canada’s cities and towns by visiting the websites of each province and territory. Many have information about government departments and agencies, educational institutions and links to large cities and towns. Most websites also list tourist information.

Living outside cities

Canada’s rural areas offer wide open spaces and plenty of fresh air. Whether or not public and private facilities are available in these areas will depend on how close you live to the nearest large town.

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