2009: Burnaby is ranked Canada’s best-run city by MacLeans Magazine. Burnaby, B.C., ranks as the best-run city in the first annual survey of municipal governments. The ranking is based on extensive criteria, tracking performance in areas as diverse as socio-economic status, crime, fire services, transportation, road and sewer conditions, economic development, recreation spending, and such indicators of civic engagement as voter turnout and library use.
2010: MoneySense magazine gives Burnaby extra points for having a college, a university and a hospital in the city. Burnaby is in the top half of all cities for the number of doctors (75) it has. In the culture category, Burnaby came in at #35 out of 179 in Canada.