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This article has been edited and updated forto see the original list scroll down. Opinions expressed in this article are solely those of Pat Spracklin, author of the article, and do not reflect the attitudes or views of the photographers whose work is used below. Here are list of towns and cities with a substantial population at least residents that might seem like a decent idea to a prospective immigrant interested in a slower pace of living. Despite being a small, quaint city just a few hours from Halifax, New Glasgow tops polls of the worst places to live in Canada.

How could those 9, people stand it? They must have all been born there. In New Glasgow ranked 36th out of in StatsCan's crime severity index. The crime rate increased from toand was s ignificantly higher than the provincial average. Photo by Michael C. InNew Glasgow had an unemployment rate of 7. It has decreased since then and, as of the census, it was 5. Property tax in New Glasgow was higher than the average in Nova Scotia and ificantly higher than Halifax up to and including New Glasgow receives cm of precipitation per year that's more than Vancouver.

Truro is small just over 12, people and it has been stagnating for decades:. Unless you want to go into the garment industry, you probably shouldn't move to Truro. On the other hand, maybe there's an opportunity here we can't see. Sydney [ Public Quebec off slow ].

The municipality of Cape Breton is really a of communities located on the eastern most part of Cape Breton Island, Sydney being probably the most well known.

We last wrote about Cape Breton inwhen we noted that nearby Inverness was shrinking dramatically. However, all of Cape Breton has been experiencing the same kind of decline that has affected Inverness and the communities of the Cape Breton municipality are not immune either.

However, neither the views nor the history will pay the rent.

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s prior to are for Cape Breton County. s from onward is for Cape Breton Regional Municipality, which is the same area as the old county. Grand Falls-Windsor were separate towns until they were forced to amalgamate back inbecoming the fifth largest town in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The town was a pulp and paper centre until the biggest plant closed back in So job prospects are slim.

And even when the planes can leave the island, the nearest international airport is km away. Grand Falls-Windsor doesn't have the affordable housing that the other towns on this list have, but because it's a major centre in the province, at least there are hospitals.

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Dolbeau-Mistassini is another amalgamated city of two towns, this amalgamation occurred in Do-Mi, as it is known, is the local hub, featuring bigger malls and stores than the surrounding communities. But it relies on pulp and paper and the mill closed for three years at the beginning of the decade. Did we mention where Do-Mi is located? Do-Mi is over 3 and a half hours drive north of Quebec City.

If you like the Lac Saint Jean area, that's good news, probably. But for a lot of people Do-Mi is pretty isolated. It is less than two hours from Saguenay, so that's something. Despite the oil, gas, mining and hydro-power booms in Newfoundland, Bay Roberts has somehow managed to avoid the job benefits.

InShawinigan was the 14th largest urban area in Quebec. But though Shawinigan was long a centre of industry in Quebec, many of those industries began to relocate, starting in the s. Quebec off slow, the only reason to move there permanently is the affordable housing, which you can get in lots of other towns and cities in Quebec. I spent a week there one night in the 90s. Amherst held a strategic position in the past, as it lies on the Isthmus of Chignecto, the narrow piece of land that connects Nova Scotia to the rest of Canada.

ByAmherst was among the most industrialized towns in the Maritimes. But, like so many Maritime towns, the importance Amherst used to have has waned and many of the industries that propped up the town in the past have left. The population was 9, in However, the town does offer affordable real estate, like the entire Maritime region, and the town is a minor commercial centre for Cumberland County and the surrounding region. The only city on the list from New Brunswick, Campbellton has some of the most affordable housing in Canada.

It also has 2 hospitals! But despite the local salmon fishing and scenery, and despite the paper industry, Campbellton has seen its population decline steadily due to the lack of jobs since the s, like much of the Maritimes. So if you are from a non-English or non-French speaking country, you will need to know both national languages three languages total to make it here. Unlike every other community on this list, Port Alberni does not have some of the cheapest housing in Canada.

The city is forestry town with a long history of pulp and paper. According to Money SensePort Alberni does not have a single feature to distinguish it as a prospective place to live. Despite hosting two universities and a massive tech company campus, the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge tri-city area experiences a high per capita rate of verbal and physical assaults on ethnic, religious and gay minorities.

Despite its location in the highly diverse Southern Ontario region, Kitchener has inherited the mantle from the main offender, Calgary. In Kitchener-Waterloo was surpassed by Peterborough, Hamilton and Ottawa in police-reported hate crimeshowever the rate remained at nearly double the national average. Despite the overwhelming evidence of the dangerous health effects of asbestos, Canada still mines the dangerous mineral, and the biggest mine in a populated area is in Thetford Mines.

Thetford [ Public Domain ]. Sarnia itself may not be so bad, but its view of and proximity to American heavy industry helps to reinforce the fact that this border town is polluted. It also has an empty downtown and a shrinking population. Long known as the unglamourous milltown cousin to its apostrophic neighbour to the east, St. Despite the natural beauty nearby, the city has a declining population and few economic opportunities outside of the paper mills, nuclear power plant, and small Quebec off slow satellite campus. Between andSaint John's population dropped by nealry 19, but between and the population increased by slightly over 5, people.

Inthe unemployment rate was 8. Nanaimo [ Public Domain ]. Save your Vancouver Island dreams for retirement, or at least try Victoria first. Nanaimo Waterfront [ Public Domain ]. Thunder Bay [ Public Domain ]. If Nanaimo is isolated, Thunder Bay is on the moon. With a typically cold Canadian climate and, yes, that hour drive to the nearest major Canadian city; you might reconsider your plan to immigrate to Thunder Bay:.

View Larger Map. Hear what a Lakehead student has to say. New Glasgow has so many beautiful redeeming aspects though I mean one of our vibrant multicultural reserves. See what CTV has to say. Courtesy News. To listen to a full podcast of the show please. See what else News has to say. M Egan S Horttie writes: "Really where? Work place Group Employment! OH WOW more pubs ,and restaurants?

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That oughta boost our horrible employment rate, best look for another job on the side. As a kid ya this city was great, Canatara Park was awesome, the Howard Watson Natural trail is great the Beach, is great. I loved the Animal Farm. But as far as employment goes, that's far from being revitalized, not everyone wants to be a Chemical Engineer, or a goddamn nurse. Or sharpen pencils all day in an office. Those are pretty much your only options here.

You like many other Sarnians may already be retired, not young and looking to find their way. Sarnia is showing it's age, and it's not looking good so far. It's old,and tired like the many people who live here anyway.

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