Canadian Residential Housing - Statistics & Facts

Residential real estate refers to land predominately used for housing, rather than commercial or industrial purposes. It includes both new properties and already existing ones. House prices in Canada have been steadily rising since the beginning of the 21st century. However, income levels have not increased at the same rate, especially in British Colombia.

The most expensive Canadian rental markets are Toronto and Vancouver. Most of the other pricey markets are also located in Ontario and British Columbia. The house price to rent ratio has fallen slightly since the end of 2018 across the whole country.

The Vancouver housing market has become overheated in the past few years and is one of the world's least affordable markets. In 2016, the city council approved a one percent tax on non-principal homes which are empty for more than six months a year, in order to increase the city's supply of rental properties. According to a 2018 survey, 59 percent of the respondents believed that investment by foreigners is the biggest reason for high housing prices in Vancouver. The future of the real estate market in Vancouver is unclear, but home prices are set to fall by three percent in 2019.

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Residential housing in Canada

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