MoneySense magazine released its Best Places to Live in Canada 2018 this week. The number of Prescott-Russell communities to crack the top 50 doubled since last year.
Oakville topped the list moving ahead of Ottawa, which retained second place. Russell Township rounds out the podium at number three, up from number 21 last year.
La Nation saw a major jump from 123 last year to number 21 in 2018. Clarence-Rockland came in at 63.
Finally, Hawkesbury also climbed quite a bit to number 188 from 311 last year.
Looking at the magazine’s methodology helps explain the jumps.
“We made a number of tweaks and adjustments to this year’s ranking. That means this year’s results are not directly comparable to previous years,” it says. “Two of the biggest changes we made were to the health category and the demographics category.”
For healthcare, the ranking now takes into account wait times for certain medical procedures. Limoges’ new health hub certainly helps bump up La Nation’s ranking, and obviously having a hospital in town would help Hawkesbury.
When it comes to demographics, the magazine says, “As far as we’re concerned, if lots of people want to move to a city, that’s a good sign — and if the municipality is doing a bad job of handling that growth, it’s likely to be reflected in other areas of the ranking.”
Russell and Limoges are two of the fastest growing communities within Prescott-Russell as they’re so close to Ottawa.
Casselman, Alfred-Plantagenet and East Hawkesbury were not listed.