These are the best communities in Quebec to raise families: report

Aug 13 2019, 10:33 am

Those considering where to raise a family in Quebec may want to consider a few suburbs off the island of Montreal.

Especially Blainville, Vaudreuil-Dorion, and Deux-Montagnes, which respectively came in fourth, seventh, and eight in the country, according to Maclean’s list of the best Canadian communities to raise families.

Of the top 10 cities on the list of 100, three are located here in Quebec while seven others are found in our neighbouring province of Ontario.

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According to the ranking, Quebec’s top three made the list thanks to its short health care wait times, affordable childcare, and a thriving cultural scene in its big cities.

Blainville, Vaudreuil-Dorion, and Deux-Montagnes are all “part of the thriving Laurentides economic region, while also offering access to the amenities of the big city.”

Ville de Deux-Montagnes/Facebook

Thirty-five other cities in Quebec cracked the country’s top 100 list including the likes of Saint-Constant,  Repentigny, Sherbrooke, Lévis, Mirabel, Terrebonne, Rosemère, Prévost, and Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac to name a few.

To reach these numbers, the magazine gathered data on 415 communities across the country and compared their wealth, economy, affordability, population growth, demographics, commute times, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities, and culture and community to find the best spot in the country.

To determine the best communities to raise a family, additional data was included, including the percentage of the population under the age of 15 and the percentage of families with children, awarding more points to cities with lots of kids.

Also included were the costs and availability of childcare as well as access to higher education.

The top 10 communities in Canada to raise families in 2019:

  1. Burlington, ON
  2. LaSalle, ON
  3. Oakville, ON
  4. Blainville, QC
  5. Milton, ON
  6. Russell, ON
  7. Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC
  8. Deux-Montagnes, QC
  9. Aurora, ON
  10. Ottawa, ON

The best communities in Canada to raise families by region:

  • Atlantic Canada: Rothesay, NB (no. 67)
  • Quebec: Blainville (no. 4)
  • Ontario: Burlington (no. 1)
  • Prairies: Hanover, Man. (no. 73)
  • Alberta: St. Albert (no. 13)
  • BC: Oak Bay (no. 43)

You can check out the full Canadian list here and Quebec’s list here.

With files from Ainsley Smith