Central Saanich has been included on Maclean’s Best Communities list again this year; in 2021, the District was listed as the second most livable city in BC on the list and 22nd overall.
The community rated highly on internet access, community involvement and population growth. Low crime rates was also a big contributor to the placement. For details on the methodology. For details on the ranking.
"The question of where to live when you can work from anywhere is exactly what Maclean’s set out to answer with its post-pandemic version of our Best Communities ranking. Using data provided by Environics Analytics and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), as well as publicly available figures from a variety of sources," reads the article.
"This version of our ranking, like past ones, considers housing affordability, population growth, taxes, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities and community engagement. Our post-pandemic version, however, eliminates incomes and unemployment rates (since remote workers don’t need to look for a local job); distance to post-secondary institutions (since remote education was expanded and refined during the pandemic); and commuting methods. Because it’s impossible to work from home without a reliable internet connection, we also added a new category rating broadband performance based on data from CIRA that has never before been released to the public."