When it comes to attracting globally-minded creative professionals, Medicine Hat is getting it right. Thanks to a number of anchors including Medicine Hat College, Defence and Research Development Canada’s (DRDC) Suffield Research Centre, Medalta, the Canalta Centre, and The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, bright creative minds are choosing Canada’s sunniest city to lay down roots and export their work.
Quality of life is key to this cohort, who have the freedom to live anywhere they choose. A lively music scene is underscored by night performances in the city’s network of independent cafes. Homelessness has been ended thanks to a strong Housing First program. Golf and cycling season is the longest in Alberta, typically lasting from March to October.
DRDC draws Canada’s brightest scientists to Medicine Hat while Medalta’s ceramic arts studio spaces draws professional international artists. Medicine Hat College business and visual communications graduates have their choice of careers upon graduation while the municipally-run Esplanade draws a wide range of top acts.
Young professionals are seeking opportunities in Medicine Hat and launching their careers with partnership and ownership achieved before their 40th birthday.
To top it all off, home prices are 30% less than the Alberta average while utilities and property taxes are among the lowest in Western Canada. Even good coffee is affordable, with a fresh Americano available for only $2.50.
You’ll certainly notice a theme permeating the professionals here: everything from creative services to technology to art are thriving in Canada’s sunniest city.