Employment Abroad: Toronto the ‘Most Livable' Assignment City for North American Expats

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By Rick Vollmar

March 5—North Americans relocating abroad will find Toronto the most livable location, according to the latest Location Ratings for Expatriate Living Conditions survey from ECA International.

“Good air quality, solid infrastructure, decent medical facilities, low crime and health risks have contributed to Toronto topping the global ranking for quality of living for American assignees,” said ECA International New York vice president Michael Witkowski in the press release announcing the survey results.

The annual survey of over 450 locations considers such factors as climate, health services, housing and utilities, isolation, access to a social network and leisure facilities, infrastructure, personal safety, political tensions and air quality.

Where Are you Going? Where Have You Been?

While Toronto may be the ideal expatriate assignment for someone from (say) Chicago, however, a European or Asian expatriate may have a different impression.

“Where an employee is going from and to can affect the level of adaptation required on the part of the assignee for some of the factors we measure,” explained Witkowski. “For this reason, our analysis takes into account both the home and destination countries. So, while Toronto ranks at the top for Americans, it falls to 30th for someone coming from Europe and 54th for someone coming from Asia. For European expatriates, Bern and Copenhagen are the most livable locations, while someone expatriating from Asia will find it easiest to adapt to living and working in Singapore.”

For North Americans going abroad, Dublin is the easiest city to adapt to after Toronto, followed by Copenhagen and Zurich, then Ottawa, Vancouver, Bern and Stockholm.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rick Vollmar at rvollmar@bna.com

The ECA press release is available at https://www.eca-international.com/news/press_releases/8131/Toronto_tops_global_liveability_index_for_North_Americans.