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How smart is your city?

Do you live in one of Canada’s genius towns, the kind of place that helps residents attain a better life—culturally, financially, socially? Or does your city lag behind?

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How smart is your city?

See how Canada’s major cities stack up, from best to worst, and whether they’ve risen or declined in the past two years. The biggest didn’t necessarily do best (Saskatoon beats Toronto) and it wasn’t only boom towns that did well (Calgary is No. 1, but Guelph, Ont., is up there, too). Cities with the most opportunities for lifelong learning topped this list from the Canadian Council on Learning—and won their residents safer neighbourhoods, better health, and even higher wages. How did your city fare?

DownUp indicates the 2007-’09 trend

CITY OVERALL
SCORE
  LEARNING
TO KNOW
LEARNING
TO DO
LEARNING
TO LIVE
LEARNING
TO BE
Calgary 89 Down 5.7 7.1 5.7 7.3
Victoria 88 Up 6.0 7.0 5.5 7.1
Saskatoon 86 Down 4.0 6.4 6.1 7.1
Guelph, Ont. 85 Down 5.2 6.6 7.3 6.1
Barrie, Ont. 84 Down 5.3 7.2 5.8 6.0
Ottawa 84 Down 6.0 6.9 5.6 6.2
Regina 84 Down 3.7 6.2 6.8 6.7
Kitchener, Ont. 83 Down 5.5 6.6 5.8 6.1
Edmonton 82 Down 5.6 7.0 5.6 5.6
Kelowna, B.C. 82 Down 5.4 6.8 5.7 5.7
Oshawa, Ont. 81 Up 5.2 6.7 6.0 5.5
Winnipeg 81 Up 4.1 6.9 5.6 5.8
Brampton, Ont. 80 Up 6.1 6.5 5.3 5.4
Halifax 80 Down 3.8 6.2 4.8 6.2
Mississauga, Ont. 80 Up 6.1 6.6 5.3 5.4
Toronto 80 Up 6.1 6.6 5.5 5.4
Gatineau, Que. 79   4.5 6.8 5.5 5.1
Kingston, Ont. 79 Down 5.4 6.2 5.9 5.3
London, Ont. 79 Down 5.3 7.1 5.5 4.9
Fredericton 78 Up 3.6 5.9 5.8 5.6
Hamilton, Ont. 77 Down 5.3 6.5 5.8 4.7
St. Catharines, Ont. 77 Down 5.2 6.6 5.2 4.8
Thunder Bay, Ont. 77 Down 5.2 6.4 5.5 4.9
Vancouver 77 Down 6.4 6.1 4.7 5.1
Québec 76 Up 4.6 6.5 4.2 5.1
Abbotsford, B.C. 74 Down 5.4 5.7 4.3 4.9
St. John’s 74 Up 4.5 6.2 4.0 5.0
Windsor, Ont. 74 Down 5.5 6.1 6.0 4.2
Charlottetown 73 Up 2.7 6.0 4.4 4.9
Sudbury, Ont. 72 Up 5.0 5.2 4.9 4.8
Moncton, N.B. 70 Down 3.2 5.6 4.8 4.3
Longueuil, Que. 69 Up 4.8 5.6 3.8 4.1
Laval, Que. 68 Down 4.8 5.5 3.8 4.1
Montréal 68 Down 4.8 5.5 3.8 4.0
Saint John, N.B. 67 Up 3.3 6.5 4.0 3.0
Sherbrooke, Que. 65 Up 4.3 4.4 4.4 3.8
Trois-Rivières, Que. 61 Down 4.2 3.9 3.4 3.6
Saguenay, Que. 60 Down 4.1 3.9 2.9 3.5

Source: Canadian Council on Learning, 2009 Composite Learning Index

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