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Some Canadians shocked to see that Toronto made the top five in a list of the safest Canadian cities

A new study has revealed the safest metropolitan areas in Canada, and not only did Toronto make the top five, but Ontario takes up 80 per cent of the top ten!  

Rentola.ca, a rental housing platform, ranked Canadian metropolitan areas based on their safety for travel, residence, or starting a family. Barrie topped the list, followed by Brantford, Guelph, and then Toronto. 

Saint John, New Brunswick took the fifth spot, followed by Ontario’s Belleville, Windsor, and St. Catherines-Niagara. 

Lethbridge, Alberta, snapped the ninth spot, while Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo rounded out the top ten. 

When determining the safeness of a city, Rentola considered several factors it feels have “a crucial role in assessing the overall security and well-being of a community,” including the number of police officers per residents, and the rate of crimes solved. 

“While Barrie boasts the lowest crime rate, the prevalence of violent crimes in this locale significantly impacts its overall safety index. Nonetheless, due to its remarkably high crime detection rate, Barrie can genuinely be regarded as one of the safest areas to reside in, alongside Brantford, Guelph, and Toronto,” the study reads.

Toronto makes the top five and people have some thoughts

While the rental website has determined that Toronto belongs in the list of top five safest cities, some residents have taken to social media to share their shock that the Six made the list. 

“Gaslighting. Canadian cities are turning into a violent dystopia,” one person tweeted. 

“Have they heard of all the shootings, stabbings, the violent crimes, all the cars being stolen, the ten cities, drugs and alcohol problems, the divorce and domestic violence,” another person said.

“Safe from violence or economic collapse orrrr…..”

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