Canada's Best Places for Arts & Community 2017 - Macleans.ca
 

Canada’s Best Places for Arts & Community 2017

A scenic little city gets the top spot


 

    Canada is said to be a friendly nation, but some communities are a little more open than others.

    To get a sense of what life is like in a community we look to two key metrics. First, we rely on the percentage of the population who work in the arts, sports and recreation sector as a proxy for how focused a community is on cultural activities. The higher the percentage, the richer the cultural offerings.

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    This year, we also consider the community involvement index provided to us by Environics Analytics. To build this index, a sister firm of Environics conducts a wide ranging survey of residents. Their answers help determine how engaged residents are in their community. The base value is 100. If the index is above 100, it indicates a more active community. An index of 110 indicates that the people of the community are thought to be 10% more active in their community than what you’d find in the average Canadian city.

      RankNameProvince% of Pop. Working in ArtsCommunity Index
      1Niagara-on-the-Lake Ont.4.0%127
      2WestmountQue.3.5%122.1
      3ChesterNS2.8%121.3
      4WhistlerB.C.5.5%115.6
      5Oak BayB.C.2.6%119.6
      6TinyOnt.2.5%121.2
      7StratfordOnt.3.0%116.6
      8Brock Ont.2.2%123.4
      9Prince Edward CountyOnt.3.1%115.5
      10Centre WellingtonOnt.2.3%119.9
      11North Vancouver DMB.C.4.3%113.4
      12BrantOnt.2.0%121.9
      13West Vancouver DMB.C.4.1%112.9
      14Wilmot Ont.2.5%116.7
      15SquamishB.C.2.8%114.2
      16OrilliaOnt.2.3%115.6
      17Owen SoundOnt.2.2%116.1
      18Delta DMB.C.2.7%112.9
      19St. CatharinesOnt.2.0%117.9
      20MidlandOnt.1.9%120.2
      21Fort Erie Ont.2.0%117.4
      22Lincoln Ont.1.9%120.7
      23Guelph TPOnt.3.0%110.9
      24MeafordOnt.2.6%111.1
      25Mississippi MillsOnt.2.0%115.2
      26ErinOnt.2.3%112.7
      27NorfolkOnt.1.6%131
      28North SaanichB.C.1.9%116.5
      29BellevilleOnt.2.1%114
      30VictoriaB.C.3.4%109.2
      31Niagara FallsOnt.2.0%114.9
      32PeterboroughOnt.1.8%116.7
      33Capital F (BC), RDAB.C.4.9%107.9
      34Trent Hills Ont.1.5%133.7
      35Scugog Ont.2.1%112.6
      36Wasaga Beach Ont.1.6%123
      37CollingwoodOnt.2.5%110.1
      38WellesleyOnt.1.5%129.4
      39WellandOnt.1.6%119.9
      40King Ont.2.6%109.1
      41North PerthOnt.1.5%127.8
      42KingstonOnt.3.0%108.1
      43GrimsbyOnt.2.3%110.4
      44Mont-Royal Que.1.9%113.8
      45Abbotsford - MissionB.C.1.9%113.4
      46Quinte West Ont.1.5%119.7
      47Saanich DMB.C.1.9%112.7
      48Greater NapaneeOnt.1.8%113.5
      49Lethbridge CountyAlta.1.4%137.4
      50Salmon ArmB.C.1.8%114.9
      51MissionB.C.1.8%114.7
      52Port Colborne Ont.1.5%122.4
      53Port MoodyB.C.4.3%105.9
      54Huntsville Ont.1.7%115.3
      55NelsonB.C.3.3%106.5
      56WhitehorseYT2.4%108.5
      57Haldimand CountyOnt.1.4%122.7
      58CharlottetownPEI1.9%111.5
      59Wetaskiwin County No. 10Alta.1.3%138.7
      60FrederictonNB2.8%106.8
      61SevernOnt.1.7%114.3
      62Pelham Ont.2.5%107.7
      63Saugeen ShoresOnt.1.4%121.1
      64St. John'sNL2.6%107.2
      65New GlasgowNS1.5%117.4
      66LaSalleOnt.1.8%112.2
      67Woolwich Ont.1.7%113.5
      68VancouverB.C.5.2%102.7
      69White Rock B.C.4.0%103.7
      70HamiltonOnt.1.8%111
      71BrantfordOnt.1.7%113.2
      72Langley DMB.C.2.0%109.2
      73Portage la PrairieMan.1.4%119
      74TayOnt.1.5%115.8
      75Port HopeOnt.1.5%115.4
      76Oro-Medonte Ont.2.0%108.6
      77Adjala-TosorontioOnt.1.8%111.5
      78Maple Ridge DMB.C.1.9%109.7
      79Mount Pearl NL2.0%108.6
      80Pitt Meadows B.C.1.8%110.9
      81Mapleton Ont.1.2%137.6
      82CobourgOnt.1.7%111.8
      83Port AlberniB.C.1.4%118.2
      84Foothills No. 31Alta.1.9%108.7
      85West GreyOnt.1.2%124.8
      86WaterlooOnt.2.5%105.4
      87PickeringOnt.2.6%104.9
      88WinnipegMan.1.8%110.2
      89Mountain View CountyAlta.2.0%106.8
      90TorontoOnt.3.4%99.2
      91SurreyB.C.1.7%109.9
      92Steinbach,Man.1.1%124.1
      93BeaconsfieldQue.1.7%110.3
      94NorwichOnt.1.1%142.6
      95YellowknifeNWT2.3%104.8
      96Clearwater CountyAlta.1.1%131.6
      97Thunder BayOnt.1.3%116.9
      98CanmoreAlta.3.0%99
      99KelownaB.C.2.1%105.7
      100West Kelowna B.C.1.6%110.8

       

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