Another day, another notch on Toronto’s belt. Canada’s biggest city has been named in yet another ranking and this time, it’s of the most “vegan-friendly and future-ready cities” around the globe.

The ranking was published by abillion, a digital platform for reviewing plant-based food and products. It examines the cities around the world that have “embraced plant-based lifestyles, their commitment to green policies, as well as greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation.”

The report was based on feedback from 850,000 user reviews from 32,000 members from 150 countries and 6,000 cities. Overall scores were given based on four categories: plant-based living, the city’s policy commitment, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste generated.

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Out of all other cities in Canada, including environmental activism hubs like Victoria, as well as many cities in the U.S., it was Toronto that made the cut. The city landed in 7th place out of 10 cities with a final score of 2.3, in between Johannesburg in 6th place and NYC in 8th place.

The report describes Toronto as the birthplace of North America’s leading vegan festival, created in the city’s “eponymous all-vegan neighborhood.”  It’s also home to countless farm-to-table experiences, earning the “highest share of reviewed restaurants labeled as such by diners.”

However, it’s Toronto’s policy commitments that really wowed the research team, specifically the “$200 million Green Bond meant to fund projects mitigating the effects of climate change” that was announced in 2019.


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We can’t wait to see where the synergy of grassroots movement and political strength will take this city,” the report said.

Toronto has ranked highly on many global reports in recent months, for reasons both good and bad. It was recently named the 2nd safest city in the world and the best city for working remotely.

However, it’s also been named one of the least affordable cities in North America and was recently beat out by Calgary in a ranking of the best cities in the world to relocate to.