Family life

10 best communities to raise a family in Canada

In a brand new ranking, Maclean's factored in daycare costs and looked for communities with lots of children to find the best towns and cities for families.

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10. Ottawa, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,009
Percentage of families with children: 45%
Percentage of population under age 15: 18%
See more stats about Ottawa, Ont. here

A town concert with pumpkins

City of Aurora

9. Aurora, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,130
Percentage of families with children: 57%
Percentage of population under age 15: 18%
See more stats about Aurora, Ont. here

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Deux-Montagnes

8. Deux-Montagnes, Que.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $175
Percentage of families with children: 45%
Percentage of population under age 15: 17%
See more stats about Deux-Montagnes, Que. here

a gorgeous peninsula by the lake

Town of Vaudreuil-Dorion

7. Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $175
Percentage of families with children: 49%
Percentage of population under age 15: 23%
See more stats about Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que. here

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6. Russell, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,009
Percentage of families with children: 51%
Percentage of population under age 15: 20%
See more stats about Russell, Ont. here

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5. Milton, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,130
Percentage of families with children: 60%
Percentage of population under age 15: 25%
See more stats about Milton, Ont. here

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Town of Blainville

4. Blainville, Que.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $175
Percentage of families with children: 52%
Percentage of population under age 15: 19%
See more stats about Blainville, Que. here

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Town of Oakville

3. Oakville, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,130
Percentage of families with children: 56%
Percentage of population under age 15: 18%
See more stats about Oakville, Ont. here

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Town of LaSalle

2. LaSalle, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $868
Percentage of families with children: 52%
Percentage of population under age 15: 18%
See more stats about LaSalle, Ont. here

People flying kites and walking strollers in a park with blue skies

City of Burlington

1. Burlington, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,156
Percentage of families with children: 47%
Percentage of population under age 15: 17%
See more stats about Burlington, Ont. here

Check out the full ranking of the best communities in Canada

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