The City of Delta is in the top 50 in Maclean Magazine’s annual rankings of Canada’s best communities.
According to the list, the top community out of 415 Canadian communities listed is Halifax, NS, due to a number of factors including affordable housing and amenities.
The top-ranked B.C. community is Langford at 18th overall.
That B.C. community is followed by Central Saanich at 22nd, Sidney at 23rd, Saanich at 29th, Vernon at 30th, Kamloops at 37th and Penticton at 41st.
Delta placed 48th overall, the highest ranked community within Metro Vancouver.
The City of Vancouver is much further down the ranking at 174th overall, while Surrey is at 182nd.
The City of Delta this week was quick to highlight its ranking, noting the city is renowned for its low crime rate, great weather and strong sense of community. Delta was also rated highly on Internet access, amenities and population growth.
“The past year has been extremely challenging for all of us, but we are very pleased to see our hard work be recognized by Maclean’s,” said Mayor George Harvie in a news release. “From the beginning, we have been focused on keeping our community safe while providing the services and supports necessary to get through the pandemic together. Our philosophy of continuous improvement and working together shows in everything we do and I hope our residents and businesses take pride in their contributions to this tremendous result.”
Following two years in a row as Metro Vancouver’s second-best community, Delta’s strong community-based response to the pandemic helped it achieve top spot within Metro this year, the city notes, adding the methodology was adjusted this year to reflect the realities of the pandemic including the prevalence of working from home.