According to new data published by the Institut de la statistique du Québec, Quebec recorded a huge decline in marriages in 2020. It was in fact the lowest recorded number of marriages in over 100 years.
Quebecers celebrated around 11,300 marriages in 2020, a number that's "down by half (-49%) compared to 2019, an unprecedented drop in Quebec," the Institut wrote in a press release.
This is the fewest marriages in the province since 1903, according to the data.
The decline is attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions.
The decline was "particularly significant" in summer 2020, with a drop of "around 70% compared to the average for 2015 to 2019."
According to the figures, "the decrease was greater among couples made up of two spouses born in Canada (-60%), while it appears less marked among couples in which both spouses were born abroad (-25%) or those in which one of the spouses was born abroad (-32%)."
During the first months of 2021, the Institute reports that the number of marriages in Quebec remains "below average."
Toronto, meanwhile, came in at number 12, just missing out on a top 10 spot. Vancouver ranked quite low on the list, coming in at 39th overall.
Other Canadian cities didn't even rank in the top 75.
Above Montreal are, from first to eighth place, Melbourne, Dubai, Sydney, Tallinn, London, Tokyo, Singapore and Glasgow.
"The last year has really proved to many companies that remote-working is not only a possibility but actually something that can be beneficial to everyone involved," Omer Kucukdere, Founder and CEO at Nestpick, said in a statement.
Vancouver is still the most expensive, Toronto is second, Calgary is fourth and Ottawa comes in fifth, but overall, Montreal still a comparably affordable place to live for overseas workers, according to this year's Mercer Cost of Living Survey.
Despite the loonie gaining strength relative to the U.S. dollar, "globally, Canada remains a relatively affordable place to live and an attractive destination for remote workers," Gordon Frost, partner at Mercer Canada, stated in a news release.
Using New York City as a baseline, the survey ranks 209 cities according to the cost of necessities such as transportation, housing, clothing, food, and entertainment.
The world's most expensive cities for expatriates are Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; Hong Kong, and Beirut, Lebanon, which climbed 42 spots this year thanks to economic turmoil compounded by the pandemic and the Port of Beirut explosion, according to the report.
The index came to this conclusion based on a number of systemic and environmental factors including safety, equity, socio-political stability, unemployment, population density, pollution, the weather and others.
Reykjavik, Iceland; Bern, Switzerland; Helsinki, Finland; Wellington, New Zealand; and Melbourne, Australia were ranked the five least stressful cities in the world.
Vancouver and Toronto came in 29th and 30th, respectively.
The five most stressful were, from least to most, Kabul, Afghanistan; Baghdad, Iraq; New Delhi, India; Manila, Philippines; Lagos, Nigeria; and Mumbai, India.