Thursday 22 June 2023

Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto Repeat as EIU Top Ten Cities for 2022 & 23

Three Canadian cities have made the list of the world’s top 10 most livable cities in a long-running ranking of 173 metropolises. In the report from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index 2023, released on June 21:

Vancouver scored in fifth place, followed by Calgary in seventh and Toronto in the ninth spot. The Global Liveability index, which the EIU publishes annually, ranks cities out of a total 100 points, based on scores in five categories including stability, health care , culture, environment , education and infrastructure. 

Scores this year improved overall and came in at the highest in 15 years among the 140 cities originally included in the index, reflecting the end of pandemic restrictions in many cities and improvements to health care and education. A shift back toward normality after the COVID-19 pandemic have been the biggest drivers of changes.

This year, Vancouver recorded a total ranking of 97.3 out of 100 based on scores of 95 for stability, 100 for both health care and education, 97.2 for culture and environment and 96.4 for infrastructure. Calgary and Toronto scored 96.8 and 96.5, respectively. Calgary posted perfect scores in stability, health care, education and infrastructure but was pulled down by a culture and environment score of 86.7. Toronto also recorded 100 points across the board in stability, health care and education, along with 94.4 in culture and environment. But an infrastructure score of 89.3 reduced its ranking.

The three cities all scored higher in stability this year than they did in 2022. 

Here is the full list of the top 10 cities:

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Copenhagen, Denmark

3. Melbourne, Australia

4. Sydney, Australia

5. Vancouver, Canada

6. Zurich, Switzerland

7. Calgary, Canada

8. Geneva, Switzerland

9. Toronto, Canada

10. Osaka, Japan; and Auckland, New Zealand

Link to the full report:

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Friday 11 November 2022

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary Alberta Education Listings

University of Calgary Program Listings

Calgary is a university city with the University of Calgary offering many top undergraduate and graduate programs for both Canadian and international students.

Calgary offers ESL levels one to five in 12 week semester courses. Level 6: Academic Focus is the top level of the ESL Semester Program focuses on the written and oral skills necessary for success in the English language post-secondary classroom. Students completing Level 6, with a minimum final grade of B+ in each course meet the English language proficiency requirement for: ​​Academic Communication Certificate (ACC), UCalgary Continuing Education International Professional Programs and applicable Bow Valley College certificate and diploma programs.


Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) At SAIT, English Language Arts admission requirements for the programs you apply to must demonstrate English language proficiency. English is the language of instruction for all programs at SAIT and is the most common language used in business in Alberta. Acceptable tests include: IELTS, TOEFL, CAEL, CLBA, Michigan, Oxford, Cambridge and Pearson.

The English Language Foundations (ELF) program provides English language upgrading for learners whose first language is not English. Students are placed into the program based on demonstrated proficiency in English, using the Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. Most students use the ELF program as entry into SAIT career programs. After successfully completing the ELF program, the majority of graduates are prepared for admission into SAIT career programs as completion of ELF level 5 is accepted as equivalent to English 30 for most programs at SAIT. Students in ELF Levels 4 and 5 may combine ELF coursework with Academic Upgrading subjects in math or science.

Calgary Public Education Elementary and High Schools

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE)
Main Office - Education Centre
1221 - 8 Street SW
Calgary AB T2R 0L4
Phone 403-817-4000

Calgary Board of Education students have equitable access to quality, sustainable language learning programs and courses. L.E.A.D. classes are small so students get a lot of extra help. The focus in classes is English Language Development. Lead lessons include mathematics, science, computer technology and Canadian culture. Students in L.E.A.D. programs make significant gains in 20 months. They can transition to ESL or other classes in the school.

Calgary Catholic School District
1000 - 5 Avenue SW
Calgary , AB T2P 4T9
Phone 403-500-2000

The Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) provides a Preschool program for children who have minimal or no English language skills. Children must meet the eligibility criteria for the program. Interviews will take place in the spring to determine eligibility. This is a free, publicly funded program. All families are encouraged to inquire.

Immigration Settlement LINC Services

Calgary Alberta English LINC Language Instruction for New Canadians
ILVARC 910 -7th Avenue SW, Room 1401 Calgary, Alberta T2P 3N8 (403) 262-2656

Community Educational Organizations

Alberta Association for Adult Literacy, Room 605, 332-6 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4S6

Calgary Attractions and Events

The Calgary Stampede is Calgary's best-known visitor attraction. 2022 Stampede is July 8 to 17. The action returns to the Grandstand Arena as the Stampede Rodeo and Evening Show are back for Stampede 2022. The Calgary Stampede is often referred to as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" features a large parade and world-class rodeo and draws more than a million visitors each year. Stampede Park also features a midway, a grandstand stage spectacular, lots of free entertainment, and interesting Western and Cowboy displays.

Calgary is located on the banks of the Bow River near Alberta's majestic Rocky Mountains. Calgary, Alberta attractions, include the Calgary Stampede, Glenbow Museum, Calgary Tower, Canada Olympic Park, Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park Historical Village, Spaceport, Aero Space Museum, Calaway Park, and Fort Calgary.

The Calgary Aero Space Museum features 58 aircraft including:
World War One - Sopwith Triplane;
World War Two - Avro Lancaster Mk X,
Hawker Hurricane MK IIB - Pending Restoration
de Havilland DH 98 Mosquito PR35 - Pending Restoration
de Havilland Tiger Moth
Avro Anson Mk II
Cessna T50 "Crane" - Pending Restoration
North American "Harvard"
Taylorcraft "Auster" Mark VII
Post World War II Military
Avro CF-100 "Canuck" Mk III
de Havilland DH 100 Vampire F Mk. III
McDonnell Douglas CF-101B Voodoo
F86 Sabre
Other Calgary Aero Space Museum exhibits include Civil aircraft engines and film.

The Calgary Glenbow Museum boasts over a million artifacts and some 28,000 works of art in its vast collections and is one of the largest museums in Canada. The Glenbow Museum continues their commitment to preserve western heritage while simultaneously providing visitors with a glimpse of the world beyond. Museum exhibits feature Native culture, Western settlement, early farming, and the oil industry. Art exhibits on the second floor with a research library located on the 6th floor.

Canada's largest historical village "Heritage Park" invites you to step back in time and experience Western Canada during 1864-1914. Ride a horse drawn wagon, sail on the SS Moyie, experience the early thrills of an antique midway or ride the powerful steam train. Visit the Alberta Bakery or the Old Fashioned Candy store to enjoy the treats! The staff are happy to explain the challenges and hardships faced by the Canadian pioneers who helped settle Western Canada.

Calgary SpacePort is a unique education and entertainment facility focusing on space and aeronautics. The Calgary SpacePort features the latest computer, simulation and communications technology, hands-on exhibits and displays. SpacePort features a soaring aluminum prototype of NASA's space shuttle orbiter, interactive displays from the Canadian Space Agency, flight and motion simulators, a moon rock exhibit and many more exciting interactive space and aviation adventures. Calgary SpacePort is open 9 AM to 9 PM every day and admission is free.

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park houses over a thousand animals, including several rare and endangered species. The Prehistoric Park exhibits 22 life-size models. The outdoor botanical gardens showcase a variety of annuals, cactuses, and rainforest plants.

Canada Olympic Park is the site of 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games events including: bobsleigh, luge, ski jumping, freestyle skiing. Guided bus tours and 90-metre ski jump tower elevations available daily. Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum features bobsleigh and ski-jump simulators.

Fort Calgary Historic Park is the historical site of the 1875 North West Mounted Police fort. Fort Calgary Historic Park at the merge of the Bow and Elbow Rivers has an interpretive centre, with ongoing excavation and reconstruction of the original fort. Fort Calgary is where the settlement of Calgary began. Displays in the interpretive centre cover the life of Natives, early pioneers, and the North West Mounted Police, Canada's world-renowned Mounties, who arrived in 1875 to establish law and order.

Calaway Park is Western Canada's largest outdoor family amusement park, with 23 rides. You can also catch a live rainbow trout or play a round of mini-golf. Musical productions are presented daily by the resident entertainment troupe, "Calaway Live". It also has an RV park, campground for travelers and beautiful view of the Rockies.

Calgary Tower was built as a centennial project in 1967. The Calgary Tower is a navigation "center" of the city and stands 191 metres (626 ft) high and provides a 360-degree view of Calgary and Rocky Mountains to the west of the city.

The Calgary Science Centre brings science to life with hands-on exhibits and unique demonstrations. The Discovery Dome is one of the best multimedia theaters in North America, with shows and wide-screen films throughout the year.

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