Toronto, Ontario – Traffic and public transit were listed by almost half of all Canadians polled as the biggest problems facing their cities today. The Angus Reid survey, commissioned by IBM, found that the percentage is much higher for those living in the country’s largest cities.

“The strain on urban systems will become unsustainable,” said Dan Fortin, president of IBM Canada. “We need to continue to encourage our leaders to find smarter ways to meet the urgent needs of our cities as they continue to grow.”

Of the 2,015 Canadians surveyed, 48 per cent rated traffic and public transit as the biggest infrastructure challenges facing cities today. The percentages were highest in Ottawa, at 75 per cent; Calgary, at 70 per cent; Vancouver, at 69 per cent; Toronto, at 60 per cent; and Montreal at 53 per cent.

In other findings, 31 per cent disagreed with the statement that “my city is currently on a path of long-term livability,” while 88 per cent agreed that given the growth in urban centres, there must be a change in the way we manage cities, and 87 per cent agreed that making that change should be a top priority of our leaders.

Vancouver was chosen as Canada’s most livable city by 18 per cent, from a list that also included Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Edmonton and Winnipeg.

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