Two cities in Alberta have already been declared to have some of the most affordable housing markets in the world. Now they also top the list for having the best work-life balance in Canada.
Vacation search engine Holidu’s Work/Life Balance Index named Edmonton Canada’s top city, followed immediately by its Alberta neighbor Calgary.
The ranking took many things into account when assessing the work-life balance of cities around the world: it looked at the average number of hours spent working each year, the average amount of sleep people tend to get per night, the minimum number of compulsory paid vacation hours and the average number of trips taken each year per person in the country.
At the city level, it looked at happiness levels, average commuting time and average monthly disposable income in each city.
The study indicates that, on average, Canadians sleep 7 hours and 23 minutes per night and tend to work 1,689 hours per year.
Edmonton was the highest ranked city in the country, with commute times of around 29 minutes and an average income of $3,200 per month after rent and bills. It came in at number 53 globally, just after Sydney, Australia; Belfast, Ireland; and Malaga, Spain.
Calgary was just behind at 54, with an average commute time of 30 minutes and a slightly higher average monthly disposable income of around $3,430.
Vancouver ranked 62nd for work-life balance with a 37-minute commute and a disposable income of $2,380 per month. The next Canadian city to make the list was Ottawa, at number 65, with an average commute of 39 minutes and a monthly disposable income of $2,430. Toronto comes next at number 67 with a longer commute time of 45 minutes, but a much higher average of $3,375 in disposable income. Montreal took 68th place at 39 minutes and $2,020.
According to the study, Copenhagen, Denmark was the number one city for work-life balance worldwide. These lucky Danes not only work an average of 1,380 hours per year, but they also enjoy a minimum of 36 days of paid vacation per year (including public holidays) and a good night’s rest with an average of 8 hours and 50 minutes of sleep per night. .