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Canada's Best University Towns Were Revealed & Many Of Them Are In Ontario

The province nabbed 8 spots in the top 20 list.

Toronto Staff Writer
People walking in a park in London, Ontario. Right: Someone walking down a path leading to a building at the University of Western Ontario.

People walking in a park in London, Ontario. Right: Someone walking down a path leading to a building at the University of Western Ontario.

Ontario appears to have solidified itself as Canada's top province for university towns after nabbing many spots in a new top 20 list.

A new study by Preply evaluated 94 Canadian cities and towns on 18 key indicators to determine which has the best post-secondary environment.

Each area was assessed on various factors, including affordability, quality of life, economic opportunities for students, and crime rates.

The eight Ontario cities in the top 20 list were London (3), Mississauga, (6), Brantford, (10), Hamilton, (14), Oshawa, (15), Timmins, (16), Sault Ste. Marie, (18), and Cambridge, (20).

London was the top-rated city in the province and top 3rd in the country, thanks to its easily accessible transit system, vibrant arts culture, and affordability. The average rent sits at $1,491.07, and the typical salary lands at $4,171.48 a month.

Mississauga was second in the province and sixth overall due to students' ability to attend various free activities, vibrant neighbourhoods, and its easy access to the neighbouring city of Toronto.

"The city is a patchwork of 24 distinct neighbourhoods, many of which hold their own seasonal festivals," the study reads. "The Carassauga Festival of Culture celebrates all of Mississauga's multicultural diversity."

The last Ontario city to crack the top 10 in Canada is Brantford, taking 10th place. The city is a "mere twenty minutes away from the land of the Six Nations of the Grand River," which is the only reserve in Canada where people from all Haudenosaunee nations come to live as one.

You can also find the Woodland Cultural Centre, where you can further learn about art from indigenous groups in the province, as well as study indigenous languages. The centre also offers performance art, as well as art exhibitions.

In conclusion, if you're struggling to pick a college or university and wondering what environment suits you best, this list could serve as a worthy asset.

    Patrick John Gilson
    Toronto Staff Writer
    Patrick John Gilson is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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