By Wanda Chow – Burnaby NewsLeader

Burnaby has been named the best-run city in Canada by Maclean’s magazine.

Out of 31 cities ranked, Saskatoon is in second, followed by Surrey, then Vancouver. Toronto is ranked 10th, Calgary 11th and Montreal 21st.

The magazine’s first annual best (and worst) run cities report calls Burnaby “the model for the rest of Canada–a smooth-running, municipal machine to which other towns can aspire,” says a press release. “Lean, green and debt-free, the Vancouver suburb received top marks for environmental health, recreation, culture and economic development.”

The rankings were based on an examination by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies of municipal efficiency and effectiveness which looked at a comprehensive list of criteria that directly affects the public, including fire services, road conditions, garbage collection, policing, public transit, and taxation levels.

The study also takes into context factors such as socio-economic status and population.

At the bottom of the list were Fredericton, NB, Kingston, Ont. and Charlottetown, PEI.

For more, visit Best Run Cities.