A tale of 2 cities

Quality-of-living surveys guide compensation of expatriates
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/14/2014

Canadian cities rank among the world’s best when it comes to Mercer’s Quality of Living survey — an annual ranking that helps multinational companies in compensating employees on international assignments.

Only one city in the United States — San Francisco — ranked in North America’s top five for quality of living in 2014. The rankings on this continent are dominated by Canadian cities — Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal — all of which ranked in the top 10 per cent globally.

The political and social environment is stable in Canada, says Luc Lalonde, principal at Mercer in Montreal.