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Canada Travel Tip: Top 10 cities in Canada for full-time jobs

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While the general trends in job growth in Canada point to an increase in part-time jobs, there are still plenty of full-time jobs. And according to a Global News report, Regina is the best Canadian city for full-time work.

The report looked at recent StatsCan data to determine full-time employment rates for cities across the country (determined by dividing a city’s full-time employment by population *).

To take it a step further, we looked at the top 10 cities for full-time work and compared the population of each city, median family income, life satisfaction, and average cost of rent, dinner, and transportation. As a bonus, we’ve also added one of Yelp’s top-rated local restaurants for each city – in case you get hungry for a job interview.

Here is a comparison of the top ten cities in Canada for full-time work.

Regina, Saskatchewan

  • Full-time employment rate: 57.2 percent
  • Population: 202,700
  • Full-time employment: 116,100
  • Median Family Income: $ 96,080
  • Life satisfaction score: 7.94
  • Rent for a one-bedroom city center apartment: $ 990.45
  • Dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant: $ 55.50
  • Monthly transit pass: $ 84
  • Top restaurant on Yelp: Flip Eatery & Drink
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Guelph, Ontario

  • Full-time employment rate: 55.9 percent
  • Population: 131,200
  • Full-time employment: 73,400
  • Median Household Income: $ 84,230
  • Life satisfaction score: 7.85
  • Rent for a one-bedroom city center apartment: $ 1,055.56
  • Dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant: $ 60
  • Monthly transit pass: $ 77.50
  • Top restaurant on Yelp: Baker Street Station

Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ontario

  • Full-time employment rate: 55.3 percent
  • Population: 428,200
  • Full-time employment: 236,900
  • Median Household Income: $ 84,380
  • Life satisfaction score: 7.88
  • Rent for a one-bedroom city center apartment: $ 948.15
  • Dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant: $ 60
  • Monthly transit pass: $ 82
  • Top restaurant on Yelp: Public Kitchen & Bar

Edmonton, Alberta

  • Full-time employment rate: 54.2 percent
  • Population: 1,127,400
  • Full-time employment: 610,700
  • Median Family Income: $ 101,470
  • Life satisfaction score: 7.87
  • Rent for a one-bedroom city center apartment: $ 1,162.07
  • Dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant: $ 60
  • Monthly transit pass: $ 91.50
  • Top restaurant on Yelp: RGE RD
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Calgary, Alberta

  • Full-time employment rate: 53.8 percent
  • Population: 1,210,300
  • Full-time employment: 650,800
  • Average salary: $ 104,530
  • Life satisfaction score: 7.95
  • Rent for a one bedroom city center apartment: $ 1,233.16
  • Dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant: $ 70
  • Monthly transit pass: $ 99
  • Top restaurant on Yelp: The Rock

Oshawa, Ontario

  • Full-time employment rate: 53.6 percent
  • Population: 329,200
  • Full-time employment: 176,400
  • Median Family Income: $ 89,430
  • Life satisfaction score: 7.96
  • Rent for a one-bedroom city center apartment: $ 900
  • Dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant: $ 80
  • Monthly transit pass: $ 99
  • Top restaurant on Yelp: Jimmy Guacos

Quebec City, Quebec

  • Full-time employment rate: 53.1 percent
  • Population: 677,500
  • Full-time employment: 360,300
  • Median household income: $ 86,110
  • Life satisfaction score: 8.14
  • Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center: $ 752.93
  • Dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant: $ 60
  • Monthly transit pass: $ 84
  • Top restaurant on Yelp: Le Billig

Saint John, New Brunswick

  • Full-time employment rate: 52.9 percent
  • Population: 105,400
  • Full-time employment: 55,800
  • Median Family Income: $ 76,450
  • Life satisfaction score: 8.12
  • Rent for a one-bedroom city center apartment: $ 704.17
  • Dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant: $ 62
  • Monthly transit pass: $ 77
  • Top restaurant on Yelp: Saint John Ale House
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Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario / Quebec

  • Full-time employment rate: 50.9 percent
  • Population: 1,116,300
  • Full-time employment: 568,600
  • Median Household Income: $ 102,020
  • Life satisfaction score: 8.04
  • Rent for a one-bedroom city center apartment: $ 1,212.17 (Ottawa), $ 725 (Gatineau)
  • Dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant: $ 70 (Ottawa), $ 62.50 (Gatineau)
  • Monthly transit pass: $ 105 (Ottawa), $ 93 (Gatineau)
  • Top restaurant on Yelp: Wilf & Adas (Ottawa), Café Cinc Sens (Gatineau)

Toronto, Ontario

  • Full-time employment rate: 50.3 percent
  • Population (December 2016): 5,231,800
  • Full-time employment: 2,631,600
  • Median Family Income: $ 75,270
  • Life satisfaction score: 7.81
  • Rent for a one-bedroom city center apartment: $ 1594.15
  • Dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant: $ 70
  • Monthly transit pass: $ 141.50
  • Top restaurant on Yelp: Richmond Station