Primary Rental Market Statistics — Canada

Number of Private Apartment Units

Oct-17 Oct-18 Oct-19 Oct-20
Bachelor 134,242 135,330 135,965 138,496
1 Bedroom 695,051 704,714 713,986 728,466
2 Bedroom 983,351 1,006,627 1,019,865 1,043,607
3 Bedroom + 174,427 177,404 179,336 184,792
Total 1,987,071 2,024,075 2,049,152 2,095,361

Private Apartment Vacancy Rates (%)

Oct-17 Oct-18 Oct-19 Oct-20
Bachelor 3.5 a 2.9 a 3.0 b 4.6 a
1 Bedroom 2.9 a 2.4 a 2.3 a 3.5 a
2 Bedroom 2.9 a 2.4 a 2.2 a 2.8 a
3 Bedroom + 2.9 a 1.8 a 1.5 a 2.6 a
Total 3.0 a 2.4 a 2.2 a 3.2 a

Private Apartment Average Rents ($)

Oct-17 Oct-18 Oct-19 Oct-20
Bachelor 733 a 787 a 820 a 865 a
1 Bedroom 902 a 946 a 1,001 a 1,046 a
2 Bedroom 989 a 1,025 a 1,077 a 1,125 a
3 Bedroom + 1,063 a 1,097 a 1,153 a 1,207 a
Total 947 a 987 a 1,040 a 1,088 a

Private Apartment Availability Rates (%)

Oct-17 Oct-18 Oct-19 Oct-20
Bachelor 3.7 a ** ** **
1 Bedroom 3.8 a ** ** **
2 Bedroom 4.1 a ** ** **
3 Bedroom + 3.7 a ** ** **
Total 3.9 a ** ** **

Private Apartment Estimate of Percentage Change (%) of Average Rent

Oct-17 Oct-18 Oct-19 Oct-20
Bachelor 3.4 b 4.3 a 4.8 a 4.5 a
1 Bedroom 2.9 a 3.6 a 4.5 a 3.9 a
2 Bedroom 2.7 a 3.5 a 3.9 a 3.5 a
3 Bedroom + 3.1 b 3.4 a 3.8 b 3.9 c
Total 2.7 a 3.4 a 4.1 a 3.7 a

Notes

Source: CMHC Rental Market Survey

Notes:

The following letter codes are used to indicate the reliability of the estimates:

a - Excellent, b- Very good, c - Good, d - Fair (Use with Caution)
** Data suppressed to protect confidentiality or data not statistically reliable.
- No units exist in the universe for this category
n/a: Not applicable
++ Change in rent is not statistically significant. This means that the change in rent is not statistically different than zero (0). (Applies only to % Change of Average Rent Tables).

The Percentage Change of Average Rent is a measure of the market movement, and is based on those structures that were common to the survey sample for both years.

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