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Top 10 places in Canada to raise kids

MoneySense recently released their list of best cities in Canada. Here's what ranked the highest for raising children.

Top 10 places in Canada to raise kids

best places to raise kids

The cost of living

It takes a small fortune to raise kids these days. After daycare, diapers and outfitting your kids for school there often isn’t a lot left for much else. In that sense, where you live can really make a difference in terms of stretching your finances. It’s certainly easier for parents in Quebec, which offers subsidized daycare for families earning less than $125,000. In other provinces parents are paying out as much as they would on their mortgage for a regulated child-care space—assuming they can find one. Of course, there are still plenty of great places where parents can make a good living and surround themselves with families with kids of their own.

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Top 10 places in Canada to raise kidsPhoto: Jason Franson

02Strathcona County, Alberta

Average monthly daycare cost: $900
Percentage of families with kids: 49
Percentage of population under the age of 15: 19

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Top 10 places in Canada to raise kidsPhoto: Strathcona County

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03Milton, Ontario

Average monthly daycare cost: $1,152
Percentage of families with kids: 59
Percentage of population under the age of 15: 24

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Top 10 places in Canada to raise kidsPhoto: Town of Milton

04Boucherville, Quebec

Average monthly daycare cost: $152
Percentage of families with kids: 42
Percentage of population under the age of 15: 16

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Top 10 places in Canada to raise kidsPhoto: Ville de Boucherville

05Lévis, Quebec

Average monthly daycare cost: $1,152
Percentage of families with kids: 44
Percentage of population under the age of 15: 17

Top 10 places in Canada to raise kidsPhoto: Creative Commons/Iberville

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06Ottawa, Ontario

Average monthly daycare cost: $1,152
Percentage of families with kids: 47
Percentage of population under the age of 15: 16

Top 10 places in Canada to raise kidsPhoto: Getty Images

07St. Albert, Alberta

Average monthly daycare cost: $900
Percentage of families with kids: 48
Percentage of population under the age of 15: 18

Top 10 places in Canada to raise kidsPhoto: St. Albert/Jeff Wallace Photography

08Oakville, Ontario

Average monthly daycare cost: $1,152
Percentage of families with kids: 55
Percentage of population under the age of 15: 19

Top 10 places in Canada to raise kidsPhoto: Town of Oakville

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09Burlington, Ontario

Average monthly daycare cost: $1,152
Percentage of families with kids: 46
Percentage of population under the age of 15: 16

Top 10 places in Canada to raise kidsPhoto: Flickr/Patty Ho

10Calgary, Alberta

Average monthly daycare cost: $900
Percentage of families with kids: 50
Percentage of population under the age of 15: 18

Top 10 places in Canada to raise kidsPhoto: Flickr/Davebloggs007

11Blainville, Quebec

Average monthly daycare cost: $152
Percentage of families with kids: 54
Percentage of population under the age of 15: 21

Top 10 places in Canada to raise kidsPhoto: Ville de Blaineville

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This article was originally published on Mar 12, 2014

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