Of the 415 communities across Canada that Mclean's reviewed, Chatham-Kent ranked 126th, with high scores for weather, access to health care, affordability, and beat the national average for safe communities according to the Crime Severity Index. Maclean's looked at quality of life indicators for wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities, and culture, in partnership with Environics Analytics.
Since 2011, when the census showed a -4.2% population decline, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Council have been focused on resident attraction and retention (RAR). Efforts target young people (aged 15-39), immigrant newcomers, and active retirees to highlight the many advantages of living in Chatham-Kent and help new residents feel more rooted. These efforts support the CK Plan 2035 and have been showing success through recent trends, such as the latest census reporting a reduced decline rate (of -2%), population projections reporting an increased population in 2017 and 2018, and being listed as a top Millennial Hotspot in 2018 by Point2Homes. In a similar review to the recent list by Maclean's, released by MoneySense's in 2018, Chatham-Kent ranked 165th, which was an increase from 324th in the same list the year prior. Chatham-Kent is showing the country that we're a great community to live in and continuing to improve!
The That's LivingCK initiative was launched in 2017 to promote the great quality of life and opportunities that exist in Chatham-Kent. The campaign celebrates what local residents are doing in Chatham-Kent and highlights opportunities for others to get involved. Whether it's the history and culture, being involved in the community, time for friends and family, being active and exploring the outdoors, "or starting a business with the whole community behind you," there are many reasons that people are calling Chatham-Kent home.
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has been increasing efforts to attract and retain residents by focusing on talent attraction to meet local labour market needs. Targeted attraction efforts support employers that have difficulty filling labour market needs locally and assist in bringing new residents to Chatham-Kent.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, @LivingCK, and on Instagram @ExperienceCK, for ways to get involved and opportunities to join us in Chatham-Kent!
To connect with a member of the Community Attraction and Promotion team directly, contact us at LivingCK@chatham-kent.ca or 519-360-1998.