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O Canada! Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary named most resilient cities

Toronto ranked first in Grosvenor's study of urban resilience. (The City of Toronto/ flickr/ cc)

Most nations would feel fortunate to have one of the world’s most resilient cities within their borders. Canada is home to the top three.

According to a new study by Grosvenor, a London-based international property developer, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary rank first, second and third, respectively.

The findings of the Resilient Cities report were released at the Urban Land Institute’s spring meeting, held in Vancouver from April 8 to 10. The top U. S. city, Chicago, ranked fourth overall. Urban resilience refers to a city’s ability to overcome obstacles and adapt to changes such as an evolving climate, population shifts and economic shocks.

“Canadian cities have a strong combination of low vulnerability and high adaptive capacity,” the report explains. “There is a high level of resource availability, and Canadian cities are well governed and well planned.” Six of the top ten cities are in the U. S., with the weakest 20, such as bottom-ranked Cairo, Jakarta and Dhaka, in emerging nations. 


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