The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has once again named Vancouver the world’s most liveable city. The organization’s Global Liveability Ranking reviewed 140 cities around the world on over 30 indicators grouped in five categories: stability, healthcare, education, infrastructure and culture/environment.
The report stated: "Vancouver remains at the top of the ranking, a position that can only have been cemented by the successful hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, which provided a boost to the infrastructure and culture and environment categories."
The Global Liveability Ranking report is part of the EIU’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey. The survey gives a rating of 0 - 100% on each of the criteria and judges a city with a higher score to be the more attractive destination. Vancouver’s overall score was 98%. Following Vancouver in the rankings were Melbourne (a BestCities partner), Vienna, Toronto and Calgary. Vancouver has topped the EIU’s Liveability Ranking since 2004.
Also, for the second year in a row, Vancouver has been named Canada’s greenest city by Corporate Knights magazine, a Toronto-based publication that focuses on environmental and social impacts of business.
Vancouver stood out in the Canada-wide competition for its across-the-board sustainability, and its goal to transform into the world’s greenest city by 2020. Environmental highlights in Vancouver include a new curbside compost program, renewable energy projects, the greenest building code in North America, and demonstrated climate leadership through exceeding greenhouse gas reduction targets. Vancouver’s work in growing the green economy was also cited, including the city’s focus on promoting and attracting green jobs, fostering local clusters in sectors such as green building technology, and developing a green economic development strategy.