Canada’s smartest cities 2010: overall rankings

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Is your city one of Canada’s smartest, a place that has what it takes to help you get ahead? Or is it falling behind? Check out how Canada’s major cities stack up, and whether they’re improving (Regina, for instance, has shot up from 17th to fifth in three years) or slipping down the list. While some of the results were to be expected (Victoria is a regular contender for the top spot), others may come as a surprise (Halifax beat Toronto). Those near the top of the Canadian Council on Learning’s annual list do, however, have one thing in common: opportunities for lifelong learning.

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CORRECTION: The results that appeared in this chart earlier did not reflect the true ranking and scores of Canadian cities. The table has been updated with the correct data. We apologize for the error.
(Up Down indicates the 2006-2010 trend)

Community Name Overall Score
Learning to know Learning to Do Learning to live Learning to Live
Victoria 95 Up 6.2 7.6 7.0 7.6
Saskatoon 90 Up 4.5 6.9 7.1 7.4
Calgary 88 Down 6.0 7.2 5.7 6.8
Ottawa 87 Down 6.2 7.6 5.0 6.5
Regina 84 Up 4.0 6.1 5.8 6.9
Halifax 83 Up 4.1 6.8 4.9 6.5
Guelph, Ont. 83 Up 5.2 7.3 5.6 5.9
Edmonton 83 Down 5.8 7.4 5.8 5.6
Kitchener, Ont. 82 Up 5.6 6.8 5.4 5.9
Toronto 81 Up 6.1 6.9 5.6 5.4
Hamilton 81 Up 5.2 6.7 5.5 5.6
London, Ont. 81 Up 5.5 7.2 5.7 5.4
Winnipeg 81 Up 4.4 7.0 6.1 5.5
St. John’s 80 Up 4.7 6.3 5.0 5.9
Oshawa, Ont. 80 Up 5.3 6.4 5.9 5.5
Mississauga 80 Up 6.0 6.9 5.3 5.4
Brampton, Ont. 80 Up 6.0 6.7 5.3 5.4
St. Catharines, Ont. 80 Up 5.0 6.7 5.4 5.7
Gatineau, Que. 79 Down 4.8 7.0 4.7 5.4
Windsor, Ont. 79 Up 5.6 6.9 5.6 5
Barrie, Ont. 79 Up 5.3 6.3 5.4 5.6
Kelowna, B.C. 79 Up 5.1 5.4 5.7 5.9
Fredericton 78 Up 3.3 6.6 5.3 5.5
Kingston, Ont. 78 Up 4.9 7.3 4.8 4.8
Thunder Bay, Ont. 77 Up 5.0 6.2 5.1 5.2
Vancouver 77 Down 6.1 6.5 4.7 5.1
Charlottetown 75 Up 3.2 6.7 4.3 5.1
Abbotsford, B.C. 75 Down 5.3 5.9 4.8 5
Québec City 74 Up 5.0 6.5 4.8 4.6
Saint John, N.B. 72 Up 3.1 6.8 4.5 4.3
Sudbury, Ont. 72 Up 4.8 5.8 3.8 4.9
Moncton, N.B. 71 Down 2.9 5.8 5.2 4.4
Laval, Que. 71 Up 5.2 6.0 4.6 4.1
Longueuil, Que. 71 Up 5.3 6.1 4.6 4.1
Montréal 70 Up 5.3 6.0 4.5 4
Sherbrooke, Que. 67 Up 4.8 4.6 4.1 4.2
Trois-Rivières, Que. 65 Down 4.6 4.4 3.5 4.2
Saguenay, Que. 63 Down 4.3 4.7 2.8 3.8

Source: Canadian Council on Learning’s 2010 Composite Learning Index



Canada’s smartest cities 2010: overall rankings

  1. Five of the top 10 (and all of the top 3) are west of Ontario. Only 1 of the bottom 10 (Vancouver, 9th from the bottom) is west of Ontario.


    • I can only assume this is an ignorant comment directed mostly at the Maritimes so please do explain what you find "interesting".

      • Hey Lou. Las' time I look me, Kwee-Bec was between Canada and the colonies (ROTFL, kidding, kidding; put the gun down……………..Ottawa knows you got it [snicker]). Not for one iota do I tink Gaunilon is shooting at da 'times. Fug da Alouettes; Halifax Battleships for the Grey Cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • That and this is only 20 cities of the top 20…so that means every other western town is below here, just like eastern towns….this is a fluff article

    • And Halifax is within the top 6. What's your point Gaunilon.

      • NO!!!! Halifax is 6th which means they are OUT of the top five; you 'timers are so sensitive!!!!!! 6th, you are 6th. That means you are ahead of Winnipeg who THINKS they can support an NHL team and Edmonton who supports a very good junior team (Sathers' in NY; live with it!) What's ***interesting*** is that the only Kwee-bec village to place higher than last is the westernmost city in 'La Belle Provence", non?!?

    • that make no sence!! try re-reading before hitting enter

    • And I see now that with the correction, 0 of the bottom 10 are west of Ontario, while 5 of the top 10 (and all of the top 3) are still west of Ontario.

      Even more interesting.

      • I see that 2 of the top 10 have red down-pointing arrows – Calgary and Edmonton must be getting dumber.

        This east-west partisan thing can be played both ways. But what's the point?

        • The point is that it's interesting. One would expect this metric to be relatively evenly divided unless there is some kind of disparity in terms of the appreciation for learning between the eastern and western reaches of the country.

          It's not partisan; it's an observation.

          Never mind.

    • get real this is bull, i live in a community where everyone speaks at least 2 languages and the average speaks 4
      so my city is not even mentioned. So forget about accuracy.. C'est de la merde…..

  2. Where's the Yukon in this? Are we not part of Canada???

    • Now, why would you make such a rude remark about our fellow Canadians to the north! I am not included in your "everyone" scenario…if you can't make interesting debate , stay out of it !

      • I apologize; let me re-post: ALL debate is interesting if for no other reason than to prove the adversary wrong, right??? If you refuse to entertain the other person's (valid, to them at least) viewpoint long enough to correct their thinking, perhaps it is YOU who should not participate.

    • I imagine it's missing because the cities in the Yukon and the north in general are quite small. Pretty much all the cities listed have populations greater than that of the three territories combined.

    • u is dum….

    • Apparently "Canada" is defined as those that live within an hour's drive of the lower 48 States. And even though our population is smaller than many places, the rankings are presented as *per capita* statistics. Exluding the territorial capitals (and other major Northern communities) is probably due to as much to lazy research and sloppy methodology, as to any intentional slight. Whitehorse, for instance has an amazingly high proportion of artists, performers and musicians, andd others involved in the culturtal industries, and an amzingly high proportion of our workforce has post-secondary degrees. This information is easily obtained from the Yukon Bureau of Statistics.

      • You definitely made your point with your vast knowledge of geography and physics there. (AKA very little of those cities are within an hour's drive of the lower 48 states) Really, people are going to pull what they want out of these stupid surveys. And obviously, others are going to whine because where they come from didn't make it on the list (Boo hoo~). This is just the top 20 of the list. Funny how I don't see any towns from Manitoba or Saskatchewan on the list either. So stop the whining and get the fuck over it. Not every province is going to have cities that make it on to the top 20. What does it even matter? Get over yourselves.

    • You live in fuckin igloos dumbass

    • Where's Nunavut in this – The territories are part of Canada too !!!!! Don't forget us!

  3. i agree with Dar. Some places in Canada are missing, to be specific, the Northern part.

  4. I guess they weren't smart enough to make the list… they used 4500 cities.. im sure some from the North were included – they just didnt make the top listed here.

  5. Does anyone actually take these polls seriously? Macleans puts out a poll every week it seems and Ottawa is always near the top. I just hope the politicians that dumb our city down don't let it go to their heads.

    • I agree that sometimes we get these polls which don't provide much value. However, this is not Macleans poll. The data came from Canadian Council on Learning who uses Composite Learning Index (CLI) designed as an independent and consistent tool that may assist Cities.

    • somebody must take the polls, They do because people read them. Also polls are great things if your at the top of them,otherwise they are just mumbo jumbo . Did you know that 86% of all stats,are made up on the spot.
      Cheers, from Victoria BC

  6. Another bias survey by Macleans. No wonder there is a clash between Quebec and the rest of Canada.

    • Everything I disagree with is biased! The media is out to get me!

      • You're not really Stephen Harper are you?

    • Bro, Quebec is stupid. They clash with the rest of Canada because they feel owed….or they are better then the rest of Canada or whatever the reason is. Survey may be biased but Quebec is still home to a bunch of retards.

    • I'm sorry, I think I may be missing the connection. Are you saying that Macleans' reporting on survey results is the cause of the 'clash between Quebec and the rest of Canada'?

    • Because Quebec is dumb, you get all mad. It's not a bias, they are just unintelligent.

    • I really wish people in cities that do not make lists such as this would grow up and do something about it. Hey I have an idea, let's all sit here and whine while the rest of the country gets more intelligent

  7. Cape Breton is an Island, not a City. Try Sydney.

    • I'd prefer not to

    • wrong

    • True, Sydney is not 'officially' a city anymore, it is the CBRM

  8. On this list, Gatinieau is counted on its own…? In all of the other categories Ottawa-Hull is listed as a city. That actually makes sense since they are one community (although in two provinces) seperated by a river. There is only one problem, Hull hasn't existed for several years. It was part of a merger of several municipalities into Gatineau…

  9. I was shocked to find that Cape Breton is now a city! Riddle me that!!

    • It is … the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), one of those ugly super mergers … like the HRM

  10. is moncton going down since the casino or before the casino??
    How bouts we have polls that ask how much money do the rich contribute to the system in comparison to the poor, or really way out, does newfoundland contribute more to the liquor stores or to the boot-leggers. or better still, why does Clinton hold hands with Bush in Haiti? Is Bill gay?
    Man call me, I'm 70 years old, and I will give you polls that will make the hair stand on your head if you still have any left afterwards. My problem is I don't know how to twitter and get messages out there. This is the best I can do. I am willing to learn, and maybe, just maybe, I might have enough general information and experience accumulated in between the ears in all walks of life that I might be a danger to the rest of the cows that follow the herd.
    Please e-mail me at my e-mail address

    • You have such a closed mind. Read what you wrote….get a life, 70 you say!

  11. Is it any surprise that there are no French cities near the top? As a Montrealer, I am really not surprised.

    • get real the language you speak has nothing to do with it….

    • come to Moncton, our angolphones are the dumbest!

  12. i love how quebecers always turn this into french english thing if your not on the list then look to your city staff for improving things in your city and stop being ignorant

    • 'And all those exclamation marks, you notice? Five? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head.'

      from Maskerade by Terry Pratchett.

      I'm one of those smart types who read books and that.

  13. as a Queebecker i beleive we be the smartass peeple in da lande

    • funny guy

    • As a 'Queebecker' you should feel ashamed and outcast from the rest of Canada because nobody likes you.

      • my mommy likes me

        • Your Mommy is a liar.

    • These posts must not have spellcheck, if you have ever been to Victoria you will know why we are #1

  14. why didn't they include sausage ville, saskatchewan?

  15. as a supreme braniac and member of mensa i can solemnly state that the smartest city in Canada is Boston

    • As a supreme brainiac do you not find it odd that you have to pay to become a member of Mensa? I think if you were that smart you would find a way around paying to have people tell you that you are smart? Guess I am just not smart enough to be a member, or move to Boston for that matter.

      • When PT Barnum said 'there's a 'customer' born every minute"…i think he meant the egomaniac braniacs.

      • Haaaaaaaaaaa. It's funny to see how some people have no sense of humor or are just plain dumb.

    • HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!! I'm not worthy; I'm not worthy!!!! Good one. Sorry, though…………I despise the Red Sox and the Halifax Yankees and the Red Lake Braves. The Philadelphia Blue Jays are my team…….(snicker…..snort….!)

    • very funny!!!!

  16. Garbage journalism!

  17. People ought to realize that this data is not objective. It is based on UNIESCO's data. In other words, they might define "smart" as people who believe in their globalist propaganda and fall into line with what the TV tells them to do. Without knowing what the data is based on, it is completely meaningless.

  18. Typical poll….and this matters to whom?

    • Here, here….I'm with you!

  19. There have been many negative comments on different stories(CBC) calling the west (particularily Alberta) Redneck, uneducated, backwards Hillbillies. The EKOS poll results that come out on the CBC web love to state that the western support for the Conservatives is older, uneducated men. While the Liberal's supporters tend to be "University educated". So I am chuckling to myself at your findings, noting that the majority of smart cities are in western Canada. Out of the top 10, 6 are western Canada, 1 is eastern Canada. I think there are some who need to re-think their name calling!!!!

    • alberta is full of rich educated trades people who generally have a higher household income than university educated people who are up to their eyeballs in student loans,so whos dumber?

  20. What about Cancun?

  21. All the smart Quebecers are in Florida.

    • hahaha. that's an oxymoron. smart quebecers.

      • As a European… My feeling exactly, Jacques :-)

  22. fungus unilinguis

  23. haha, lets be gentle now, I'm english speaking but with the growing jobs that are partial to french-speaking canadians, I wouldn't mind knowing how to speak au francais. I think that would make us all a lot more intellectual.

    • EN français…

  24. Last time I checked, Oakville, Ontario was/is considered a city. I am certain that if the Macleans poll was a truly researched knowledgable one, Oakville would fall in one of the top three cities slots in Canada, otherwise this poll is a farce.

    • =Agreed

    • Oakville, although under separate jurisdiction then the city of Toronto, is really just a Suburb. Counting Oakville on the list would be like counting Vaughn or Brampton. These places are definitively linked to the Toronto Economy. Why do you think highway 401 or the QEW are packed at rush hour full of people heading into the City from the Suburbs. The GTA is one city. If Oakville would get it's own spot in the poll, then I want my area of the city to have one as well.

  25. LMAO Bumboclot This is rude boy and what you just posted is the funniest thing on here.
    awesome LOL the best.

  26. hahha french cry babies…… face it your stupid.

    • This big country of our (CANADA) doesn"t need garbage like you. HAHAHAHA

    • Agreed, except they're "struggling-to-try-and-speak-French Franglophone peasants from Quebec"… They're not French.
      The French are in France…

    • For someone calling others stupid, learn your "you're" and "your".

  27. Wow, Oshawa ranking as one of them? I've lived in Oshawa nearly all my life and it's always been a backwoods burg… Way to go Oshawa, not so much of a car town any more!

  28. Whooo! Go Calgary! I'm 13 and I love Calgary!!! The best place on earth! We're third.

  29. Does someone get paid for this garbage?

    • I want to move to the dumbest city in Canada – less competition, maybe I could even be the mayor

  30. This list is a joke.

  31. HAHA thats too funny, it would seem the french are kinda dumb.

    • Dumb like fox. 'Member in the '70's a francophony (sic) in Winnipeg got out of a ticket because the stop-sign was not bi-lingual?!? INTERSECTION, RED OCTAGON, FAH-Q. If u can't figger dat owt you choulnt av a leeecense to drive, non? Situational ethics………………..Wolfe screwed up!

    • Again, not the French, but the Quebecers who believe they speak French…

  32. I'd like to know where Waterloo is on this list, it was number one a couple of years ago and know it's drop out of the ranking entirely.
    Owen Sound isn't on there, I'm not surprised.

  33. Where is Sault Ste Marie I do believe it is in Canada

  34. totally unreal, I,m from Kitchener ont, and Waterloo should be top 3 U of W is one of the leading tech schools in the WORLD!!!

  35. It would be nice if some of you won't allways put Quebec down.
    Some of us here love Canada very much and we consider ourself Canadians. Don't allways insult us. It is only a few Quebecers thal like to make troble for the whole Country.

    • That should read: It would be nice if some of you WOULD'NT ALWAYS put Quebec Down. (!) Some of us here love Canada very much and (we) consider OURSELVES Canadians. (Please,) don't ALWAYS insult us. It is only a few Quebecers THAT like to make TROUBLE for the whole (c)ountry.

      HOWEVER, I appreciate your comment. There are B.C. Lions fans in Kwee-bec and we should be able to agree to disagree. BUT, it would be nice if the nex' time I drive tru Kwee-bec an' stop to hask directions (in hinglish, s'il vous plait) I don' get looked at like hi am a stoopid westerner (the poll proves I am not). I do not speak "les Francais" BUT I treat those who do not speak l'Anglaise a lot better than I have been treated when in Kwee-bec. Stop looking at me for the discrimination; look at you!

      • That should read: I do no speak le français, but I treat those who do not speak l'anglais…

  36. I don"t know where you come from I don"t think that you are a Canadian with stupid remarks like that. You are not speaking for all Quebecers if anyone is dum it must be you.

    • dumb*

  37. out of all the reply's not one person mentioned that they where contacted to be surveyed or knew anyone that was. Oh please do another survey and waste some more hard earned money.

  38. I love Montreal and Gatineau I wish I could speak french more fluently so I could Live there its so nice I love the feeling when I go there every summer for a small trip as I have no relatives there its just awkward cause I am unable to communicate freely when Im there its sad they wont give you the time of day if you cant speak french but none the less most of the people i do encounter are friendly I am sick of the us the rest of Canada bashing them we must try to stand together just as we are Proud Canadians

    • I wish you could speak (F)rench more fluently too 'cuz you sure as s**t can't type English!!!!!

    • Hey Mimi – I apologize – my previous post was a cheap shot. BUT! You are not wrong: In my experience, English Canada treats Kwee-bekkers a lot better than Kwee-bek treats English Canada. As long as that is the case we will never stand together as "proud" Canadians. The same is true for many First Nations communities.

    • ever heard of punctuation?

  39. Seriously? Montreal is at the bottom of the list? I did a little more research and it seems this ranking of intelligence is measured by PhD's per capita, what a load of crap. If this is the case, then it should be "Canadian cities with the most PhD's per capita" not "Canada's smartest cities".

  40. Odd that when you search the official source of the information there are cities mentioned that do not appear in the above list. Check . As an example Aurora, Ontario has a CLI total score of 80 and the EPPY trend is +0.3pts – not on the list in the article….come on…….

  41. These polls are ridiculous. Brampton? SMART people? Someone mis-calculated on these rankings….

  42. What does this survey mean? Who was polled? When? What were the questions? Did it take into consideration the new Canadians whose English might not be very advanced? Language barriers and length of time in the country will skew results. How many people were polled? And after all, what does it matter? There are "lies, damned lies and statistics." I think this must be one of the silliest surveys ever.

  43. Y'know…………………I'm not sure I disagree with you except that I t'ink its' "Cris caulis moi d'se du tabernack", nest'ce pas? Or have I spent too much time in Saskaflat?

  44. what you talkin' bout willis?

  45. As a foreigner who's lived in Montreal for 9 years, it's no surprise to me that cities in Quebec would score badly…
    Most things are a joke in Quebec.
    When the (infra)structures and organizations exist, they're run so poorly that they might as well not exist.
    For example, I was at Montreal's Musée des Beaux-Arts last week…
    At best, it looked like a glorified European regional museum.
    I really was not impressed…
    And that's symptomatic of everything in Québec.

    Another hint: People argue that they speak French here…
    Well, then, how about they try and explain to the rest of the world, Frenchspeaking or not, why on Earth other French speakers need subtitles to understand what they say in their broadcasting (except for Radio Canada's presenters… and even then…)?

  46. thats funny the bottom 6 are from quebec,im not surprised though

  47. Let's see: 7 of the top 10 are decidedly conservative. Most of the national university cities score below 10, and Quebec rounds out the bottom six. Only question remains, how did Toronto get to #10? Anybody have an idea how to analyze these observations.

    • well maybe because toronto deserve that rating .

  48. One doesn't need to see survey results to find out that Kelowna isn't a particularly smart city. One only needs to look at who the residents elect to city council.

  49. Who cares anyways, Macleans Magizine isn't good enough.

  50. of course… the test was in English and we all know about Quebec's english community….

  51. We were all smart enough to stay out of the war in Iraq… we should be proud to be Canadian and quit comparing brains. Who cares…

  52. AND P.S The HST (which is a bull#*$t ploy to grab even more money from the pockets of those who pay enough taxes already) is upon us… and that alone makes everyone in BC and Ontario the fool… who's the smartest now?

    • still the rest of us you dumb fucking frenchman :OP

  53. Vancouverites are too busy trying to find an affordable place to live to bother about anything else…….

  54. I was born and raised in Saskatoon, later, lived 8 years in Montreal with children and now am in the GTA/Mississauga/Brampton area. People are smart because they are taught well. Saskatoon's school system is quite good which is demonstrated by the lack of many private schools…they are not needed.
    Montreal (and most of QC) are quite behind and, as a result, have many private schools. Most kids only complete Grade 11 because that is when high school finishes in QC. The few that are going on to University must attend CEGEP for University Prep classes. QC Universities are subsidised for QC residents. Can they pay their academics as well as other Canadian Universities? I assume not, so the good profs go elsewhere. Smart people leave QC!
    Now I live in the GTA and am pleased there is no more Grade 13 but this issue of having some students retake Grade 12 for a Victory Lap to gain more varied credits has got to stop. Tax money should be spend on Grades K – 12, not 12+. I am surprised to see that Oakville is not in the list. With all this in mind, that is why the West has won (this survey)!

    • Bravo Janet. You make some astute and valid observations but I have a but. Health care. You say smart people leave QC and I think doctors, generally, are pretty smart AND well educated. Doctors get their education in Canada and leave. Not all but a lot.

  55. Montrèal is right near the bottom of the list!! No surprise really, how smart can a Hab fan be?? Olè Olè Olè Olè, na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey GOOD BYE!!

  56. I worked in Oakville, know a lot of folks who live in Oakville. While there are smart people in Oakville, there are not many. Rich? yes smart no. A lot of old money along the waterfront thats it.

  57. clearly, the 2006-2010 downward trend for ottawa is the result of the change of government.

  58. The only "stupid" people on this thread are those who can't see past their prejudice (I'm talking to you, Quebec haters). Spend more time reading and less time picking on people you don't know, and perhaps your city will score rather well, like mine.

    Merci :)

  59. Not one city from Quebec we will ave to separate

  60. Qwebec is smarte I love molson and labatt

  61. how could toronto the armpit of canada make the list

  62. Macleans' anti-Montreal bias has reached laughable levels.

    Every poll, every article, every text, it's all Quebec-bashing.

  63. Still a lot of improvements needs to be done to Québec's public school system, drop out rate are just unaceptable
    The education reform that started 7 years ago to copy the scandinavian model is just a plain disaster.

    Hopefully we can get rid of the liberals soon and start working to improve that.

  64. I'm surprised New Brunswick even made it on this list, what's even more surprising is that Moncton is on this, did you ever go to that place? Stupid people you say……I'm making reference here to Acadians.