Want a Better Quality of Life? Move to This Province

Depending on where you live in Canada, you’ll get a lot of different opinions about which part of the country is the best.

If you live in Vancouver, chances are you’ll see #WestCoastBestCoast on all your friends’ Instagrams. If you hail from the 6ix, there’s a 99 per cent chance you own a “Toronto vs Everybody” shirt of some kind.

Fortunately, the results of the latest UN human development index have settled the debate, at least for now.

Overall, Canada secured the ninth spot in the index of 188 countries included in the index, tying with New Zealand and coming in right after the United States.

However, the most interesting part of the report is the discrepancies between regions.

So which province/territory comes out on top? That would be Alberta.

Alberta Province

Moraine Lake in Banff National Park

If the individual regions had been measured up against the countries on the list, the western province would have landed in fourth place, a ranking comparable to places like Switzerland or Denmark.

Nunavut scored the lowest of all the provinces and territories, with a ranking of 46th. The northern territory trailed behind the rest of the country in areas like education and life expectancy.


Curious about how the rest of the provinces and territories stack up? Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Alberta: 4
  • Ontario: 8
  • British Columbia: 11
  • Saskatchewan: 12
  • Quebec: 12
  • Northwest Territories: 15
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 16
  • Nova Scotia: 22
  • Yukon: 22
  • Prince Edward Island: 23
  • Manitoba: 23
  • New Brunswick: 25
  • Nunavut: 46

While it’s great to see our country as a whole rank so highly compared to other nations, it’s certainly disheartening to be reminded that not all Canadians share the same experience. Hopefully, by bringing awareness to this severe disparity, the report will lead to some positive change.