The economist ranks Calgary as the most liveable city in Canada, Vancouver follows up in 6th place.
Every year, the research and analysis arm of the London-based publisher of the Economist magazine ranks 140 cities and scores them based on 30 different factors, boiled down to five categories:
- Stability (based on local rates of crime, terrorism and military unrest).
- Quality of local health care.
- Local culture and environment (everything from weather to quality of local restaurants).
- Quality of education.
- Quality of infrastructure (everything from transit to electrical grids and telecommunications networks).
Melbourne was first seven years in a row before being displaced by the Austrian capital.
Not factored in on that list: cost of living or incomes. Read the full article over at the CBC.
Having trouble saving up enough for a teardown house in a terrible neighborhood? Good news! Although its expensive to buy real estate in Vancouver, it’s one of the cheapest places for property taxes in Canada or the US.
The owner of a C$1 million ($770,000) home in the Pacific Coast city will pay just C$2,468 a year in property tax, compared with C$6,355 in Toronto or more than C$10,000 in Ottawa, according to a new study by real estate website Zoocasa that looked at rates in 25 major Canadian markets.
Read the full article here.
From southseacompany: this survey claims that more than a quarter of Canadians think that another rate increase would push them into bankruptcy.
The poll comes just days before an anticipated interest rate hike by the Bank of Canada and was conducted on behalf of MNP, a leading Canadian bankruptcy firm, between June 15 and June 19. The same poll found that 42% of Canadians say that if interest rates rise much more their financial well-being will be put in jeopardy.
The Bank of Canada has raised interest rates three times since last summer, and investors expect the central bank will boost its target for the overnight rate to 1.5% this Wednesday (July 11).
Read the full article here.
From southseacompany an article about the lowly looney leaping up on hints of a Canadian interest rate hike:
The Canadian dollar shot up Wednesday after the Bank of Canada held the line on a key interest rate but pointed to a boost in the future.
In foreign exchange trading, the loonie was ahead by 0.82 of a cent at 77.64 cents US when stock markets closed on Wednesday, after being up by more than one cent earlier in the day.
The central bank left its key target for the overnight rate unchanged at 1.25 per cent, where it has been since mid-January.
However, the bank said in a statement accompanying its decision that developments since April reinforce its view that “higher interest rates will be warranted to keep inflation near target.”
Read the full article over at the CBC.
One way to make money without paying taxes is to live in a home you are renovating to sell so you can claim the principal residence tax exemption. Of course if you do this as a way to make money you are actually operating a business and you owe those taxes anyways, either as capital gains or income taxes.
The CRA is going after people using this loophole to illegally avoid paying taxes and are using third party data to find them. If you are thinking of Reno flips without considering the tax bill, this might not be your best money making strategy.