Feeling a bit burnt out these days? Maybe it’s time to relocate to one of the world’s best cities for work-life balance. And you might be surprised to learn that Canada’s top city for work-life balance is in Ontario, but as you may have guessed, it’s not Toronto.

A new report by Kisi has ranked cities around the world based on their level of work intensity, by collecting data on overworking, holiday allowances, the number of vacation days taken, inflation, and parental leave days.

It also looks at how much support each city provides to its residents during difficult circumstances like the pandemic, as well as the quality of healthcare, access to mental healthcare, and the extent of gender and LGBT+ equality.

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Finally, the report examines each city’s liveability, including how affordable it is, the happiness levels of its residents, and access to cultural and leisure activities outside of working hours. Safety, outdoor amenities, and overall health levels were also taken into account.

It turns out that the highest-ranking Canadian city in all of these categories is Ottawa. The city landed in 7th place out of 100 cities on the 2022 ranking, with an overall score of 95.51.

The next Canadian city to appear on the list is Vancouver in 16th place, with a score of 92.23, followed by Toronto in 19th place with a score of 91.12.

All three cities have dropped on the list since 2021. Toronto stood in 14th place last year and Vancouver was in 8th. Calgary is also included in the ranking in 30th place, down from 13th place last year.


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According to Kisi, the most overworked cities in the world are Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Montevideo in Uruguay.

As for the places with the best work-life balance, it’s almost exclusively Nordic cities. Olso, Norway landed in 1st place, followed by Bern, Switzerland, Helsinki, Zurich, and Copenhagen.