Oshawa named one of Canada’s best places to retire

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If you’re looking for somewhere to retire, you don’t have to go all the way to Florida… Oshawa has been listed as one of Canada’s 100 best communities to retire in, according to Maclean’s magazine.

The city was named as the 46th best place to retire nation-wide, and the 24th best in Ontario.

Mayor Dan Carter says there’s no shortage of reasons to spend your golden years in Oshawa.

“I think our senior centres are second to none in all of Ontario,” Carter said. “We’ve got a world-class health care system here. Our cancer centre is known across Canada and really respected… We have over 11,000 people that work in the healthcare industry and related industries and our colleges and universities also have a great connection (with the industry).”

Carter added that Oshawa is a “very safe community (with) a large network of green spaces and also trails and parks that we’re really proud of.”

He says that city staff are committed to making the city a welcoming place for older Canadians.

“We have 55,000 individuals who are 55-plus out of the 175,000 people in the city,” said Carter. “Being able to understand not only hospital care, but home care, Extendicare and also facilities that are available for assisted living or independent living play a significant role in welcoming individuals to our community.”

Toronto topped the Maclean’s list, with Ottawa, Burlington, Oakville and Langley, B.C. rounding out the top five.