Are you wondering where are the worst places to live in Canada? Don’t worry because we are going to list out the top 10 worst places in Canada to live as a student or immigrant.
Before adding any place or area to our list, there were certain things we took into account. Some of the things we put into consideration include the availability of health care in that area, the crime rate level, the real estate market, the income of workers in that area.
The cities on our list include Saskatoon, Hawkesbury, Vaughan, St. John’s, Vancouver, North Battleford, Brooks, Bay Roberts, Kenora, Leamington, and Thetford Mines. Keep reading to see the actual reasons they were added to the list.
Top 10 Worst Places to Live in Canada
(10). Vaughan, Ontario
Vaughan also appeared on our list in 2012 because they were too many of its residents making use of bikes to go work.
You may be wondering if this is enough reason why they should be added to our list, but if you look into the matter deeply, you’ll find out that residents of Vaughan spend long hours in their cars or on public transportation while going to work in cities like Toronto.
Transportation fair for people living in that area can cost can reach $10,000 or more for each year. This makes transportation in that area very frustrating when they are working in cities far from Vaughan.
Aside from that, you can still find other issues like low resident community involvement and high housing costs. But in recent times the area is experiencing more developments such as the addition of a subway and downtown gentrification that have helped increase Vaughan’s liveability.
(9). Vancouver, B.C.
You shouldn’t be surprised to see Vancouver on this list if you have the slightest idea of its real estate market. The real estate market has always been on the increasing side and is still increasing.
The average cost of a condo as of February of 2018 was around $750,052, which is a 24.2 percent growth in price than the previous year.
As at the time of writing, in Vancouver, the cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment is presently $1,921 and this is slightly higher than the $1,554 recorded in 2012. Notwithstanding, the cost of living in Vancouver since 2012 has indeed decreased.
Previously, the cost of living in Vancouver index was 110.25, but it’s presently at 73.13, making it about 33% (percent) cheaper than it used to be way back in 2012.
(8). Brooks, Alberta
Brooks was added to our list in 2012 and one of the reasons it was added was because it lacked healthcare facilities. In fact, the number of doctors in Brooks was less than one (1) for every 1,000 residents.
In addition to that, the crime rate in the town is very alarming as a result of the meatpacking factories responsible for producing an unpleasant odor that effectively and quickly spread throughout the area causing both residents and tourists to evacuate.
Notwithstanding, Alberta presently has more doctors and people residing in the province. In fact, as of 2018, Alberta recorded 241 doctors per 100,000 people which is a lot better than the 217 doctors recorded in the whole province in 2012.
(7). Hawkesbury, Ontario
In 2012 we added Hawkesbury to our list because the income of resident’s households happened to be the lowest in Canada. In the 1980s Hawkesbury’s economy slides into depression when so many factories in the region closed down; this resulted in most residents being jobless.
This resulted in most of the youths in the area moving away from Hawkesbury in search of a greener pasture. Thus, till now, Hawkesbury as well as its neighboring cities still remains areas and provinces with the lowest
As a result of that, lots of young people moved away from the city in search of a greener pasture. So, until now, Hawkesbury and its neighboring cities continued to remain the residents with the lowest-earnings municipalities, and Hawkesbury’s economy is still yet to recover fully.
(6). St. John’s, Newfoundland
One of the important reasons St. John on our list as one of the worst places to live in Canada is because of its dreary weather and nothing really serious.
In fact, when it comes to having amazing attractions and cool amenities for hosting tourists St. John has what it takes to keep you always entertained.
(5). North Battleford, Saskatchewan
There’s just one major reason we added North Battleford to this list, and it’s because of its high crime rate. As of 2012 the unemployment rate and low income in North Battleford were so high, notwithstanding, the cost of housing in North Battleford is low.
The present state of the crime rate in North Battleford hasn’t reduced. It’s as it used to right from the beginning. As a matter of fact, the crime wave in the area is high, and according to the residence, the present administration is not doing anything about it.
(4). Dolbeau Mistassini, Quebec
Dolbeau Mistassini just like North Battleford has been included on our list of worst places to live in Canada because of its high crime rate.
But this time it didn’t just end there, Dolbeau Mistassini also has just one primary source of income in the city which is its paper mill.
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(3). Bay Roberts, Newfoundland
Bay Roberts is sitting on this list because of some of its notable social and economic shortcomings, but in recent times, Bay Roberts is presently experiencing more positive changes.
In fact, there is a recent announcement that Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games 2020 will be held in Bay Roberts.
This is going to be a really big win for Bay Roberts’s economy. Bay Roberts will experience a more positive change both in publicity, tourism, and the general development of the town.
(2). Sarnia Ontario
Sarnia has is well known for possessing lots of industries littered all over the area with lots of employment created for people living in the city – Notwithstanding, this also comes with a downside.
All the industries use chemical plants and they pollute the area, resulting in a major environmental concern in the area.
(1). Thetford Mines, Quebec
Thetford Mines is the number on our list and it was also featured as one of the worst places to live in Canada in 2012.
Thetford Mines is on our list because of its environmental pollution which has raised many environmental concerns. This has become a major drawback, nevertheless, there’re efforts in motion to address them.
This is where we will be drawing the curtain close, and we hope you enjoyed the read. For suggestions or questions feel free to use the comment section. See you in the next article.