According to a new study put out by the EasyPark Group, Montreal is among the top 20 smartest cities in the world, coming in at number 17 among cities with a metro area population of over 3 million people.
EasyPark's Smart & Sustainable Cities Index ranks cities around the world based on data that factors in "digital life, mobility innovation, business tech infrastructure, and sustainability."
With an overall ranking of 82.24 out of 100, Montreal ranked just under cities like Chicago, Tokyo, Paris, and our mortal frenemies, Toronto, which came in 12th place.
First up, in the "digital life" category, Montreal got scores above 80 for "citizen adoption" and "health care innovation." Where we lagged behind was in the "government adoption" and "tech education" subcategories.
Next, in "mobility innovation," our city got big scores for "traffic management" and for our "clean transport" infrastructure. Meanwhile, "parking innovation" got a relatively low score of 73.41 out of 100.
For "business tech infrastructure," Montreal lost a lot of points in the "business innovation" subcategory, claiming only 57.92. It was also held back by its "internet connectivity" score but gained ground with a cool 86.08 out of 100 on the "e-payments" subcategory.
Finally, Montreal was also unfortunately held back by its low-70s scores for its "climate response," "waste management" and "green buildings." Our city made up for these low marks with its performance in the "green energy" subcategory, with a score of 85.62 out of 100.
"Canada's exotic French heart was hit hard with COVID-19. But a return to brighter days is never far here, mes amis," the report says. It describes Montreal as "outgoing," "two-cheek-embracing," and "convivial-above-all."
While Montreal — wedged between Austin (#47) and Calgary (#49) — is one of just four Canadian cities to make the top 50, two Canadian cities ranked higher: Toronto at #18 and Vancouver at #46.
If you feel a twinge of pain knowing Montreal is so far behind Toronto this year, it might (?) help you to know that the city fared better in certain subcategories.
Resonance ranked Montreal the 25th best city in the world in its culture subcategory, which is determined by the number of quality activities, shows and events. Montreal ranked 29th for universities with McGill and Université de Montréal both getting shout outs — the latter called a "hot spot of the artificial intelligence kind."
Resonance scored cities using a combination of "statistical performance and qualitative evaluations" by locals and visitors, measured against six core metrics: place, people, programming, product, prosperity and promotion.
The top three cities in the world in 2021, according to Resonance, are London, Paris and New York.
Montreal's Ritz-Carlton Hotel was ranked number one in a list of the "Best City Hotels in Canada" in a recent Travel & Leisure survey, beating out iconic hotels in Vancouver, Quebec City and Toronto.
Montreal's Ritz-Carlton ranked high among readers, Travel & Leisure says, for its exclusive amenities, "tremendous views" of the city, and its access to activities around downtown Montreal. But if you want to spend a night at the Ritz-Carlton, be prepared to fork out a lot of money.
As of the time of writing, the most basic "deluxe room" with a king-sized bed for Thursday, September 9, will run you between $495 and $715 per night.
If you wanted to book a room with a king-sized bed for this upcoming weekend (September 11), the Ritz-Carlton has a "staycation promotion" that comes with breakfast, a bottle of sparkling wine, a $50-dollar food and beverage credit and 30% off at the spa for $715 per night.
This same promotion is available for a one-bedroom suite with a fireplace and a king-sized bed, as well, which will cost $1,135 per night.