The term “livability” is used in countless ways to describe a standard of living and quality of life that every city aspires to achieve. There are multiple international livability indexes that rank cities across broad categories. Unfortunately, these international rankings often miss the mark and fail to properly highlight the daily challenges that local residents face.
Sherri Torjman, a Vibrant Communities Canada Thought Leader and Vice-President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, wrote a recent blog on this issue. In it, she challenges Canadian cities to look beyond the hype of international rankings and to construct our own measures of livability.