The Economist magazine has ranked Toronto eighth, and Montreal fourteenth on its list of the world’s safest cities. At the top of the list of fifty was Tokyo and at the bottom Jakarta, Indonesia.
Among North American cities Toronto ranks first and Montreal fourth.
The rankings focused of four categories: digital security (privacy, level of technology), health security (environment and access to health care), Infrastructure safety, and personal safety.
“Modern cities are presenting increasingly complex safety challenges,” says the report. “As some threats recede, others mature.”
It notes that the frequency of terrorism and natural disasters has changed the safety of cities. It suggests that power, communications and transportations systems must be able to withstand new shocks.
Safe cities are the ones that can support vibrant culture and a “dynamic entrepreneurial environment,” concludes the report.