WINNIPEG — Winnipeg was ranked eleventh among 27 cities on a new list of the best places to live and work in Canada for young professionals.
The "Next Cities" ranking, which was prepared by Wisconsin-based Next Generation Consulting, ranks Canadian cities with populations of more than 100,000.
Victoria topped the list, with Ottawa and Vancouver coming second and third. There were a few surprises, with cities like Kingston (4th), Halifax (5th) and Thunder Bay (13th) ranking ahead of Montreal (16th).
The seven key indexes the cities were ranked on were: earning, learning, vitality, around town, after hours, cost of lifestyle and social capital. A city's ranking is based on its total score in all seven indexes.
"Simply being the cheapest place to live or the city with the most jobs is not a long-term workforce strategy," NGC founder Rebecca Ryan said in a written statement.
"The next generation is very savvy about choosing where they'll live. They look carefully at quality of life factors like how much time they're going to spend in traffic commuting, if they can live near a park or hike-and-bike trail, and whether a city's downtown stays awake after five."