New report finds Sudbury fourth best place to retire
A new report done by Yahoo Finance has found Greater Sudbury is the fourth best place to retire in the country, behind only Saguenay and Trois-Rivieres, Quebec and St. John’s, Newfoundland.
It looked at a Statistics Canada analysis of Canadian Community Health Survey and General Social Survey data done between 2009 and 2013 and gave the city a rating of 8.2 out of 10.
"Sudbury has 330 lakes within the city limits, the most of any city in Canada. A popular science museum, Science North, includes two snowflake-shaped buildings connected by a tunnel that contains evidence of an ancient meteorite impact and passes through a geological fault," said Yahoo Canada.
Lake City Realty’s David Kurt wasn’t too surprised by the findings.
"It makes a lot of sense – especially if I think of Sudbury from a family-driven perspective," he told CTV News. "We’re really a family-oriented type community and if you have that initial connection to Sudbury, it’s such a great place to come back and enjoy it."
Kurt says he’s seeing a lot of people with personal connections return to the city.
"They’re able to come back to Sudbury, put aside a little bit of a nest egg, and buy that small home and still have the best parts of Sudbury."
"Living in Sudbury is cheaper and we have all the good things that a lot of people in other parts of the country really like to enjoy," said the Canadian Association of Retired Persons’ John Lindsay.
He and about 100 others flocked to the Minnow Lake Legion Tuesday for their weekly dance.
"I would think we should rank number one because of the fact we’re all very active, we all dance, and have a good time," said retiree and dancer Jean Dudar.
Ward 6 councillor and head of the Community Services Committee Rene Lapierre was pleased to hear about the report, but adds there’s always work they could be doing to improve that number.
The city already has one of the largest municipally-run retirement homes in all of Ontario.
"Paramedic services, even though the increase on demand is very high, very taxing, but we have to start looking at those services. Because as those numbers drive up and our seniors get older, unfortunately they do get more ailments, so we’ll need to provide a better enhanced service," he said.