Out of the top ten cities in a new listing which indicated the ideal city for one to live in, listed in 5th place is Vancouver, which is one of the only two cities in Canada to make the list. Other cities which topped the list in Mercer’s annual survey are Vienna, Zurich, Auckland and Munich. Melbourne and Toronto came out with a tie in 16th position, while Ottawa in 18th, Montreal 23rd, and Calgary in 33rd position. San Francisco was listed further down the list at number 29, which was the top-ranked city in the United States. The survey was done based on factors that contribute to employees’ placement for missions abroad, which caused the top cities to be placed above the United States.
Ilya Bonic, the senior partner and president of Mercer’s Career business said; “Economic instability, social unrest, and growing political upheaval all add to the complex challenge multinational companies face when analyzing the quality of living for their expatriate workforce.” In terms of city infrastructure, Vancouver was ranked as the top city in the region, bagging 9th place, with Atlanta and Montreal following behind in 14th place.
Principal at Mercer who is in charge for its quality of living research Slagin Parakatil said; “The success of foreign assignments is influenced by issues such as ease of travel and communication, sanitation standards, personal safety, and access to public services.”