Following two months of decline, the average monthly rent in Canada increased four per cent in May, according to the June national rent report produced by Rentals.ca and Bullpen Research & Consulting.
“Rental rates continue to increase in all major markets outside the prairie provinces,” said Ben Myers, president of Bullpen Research & Consulting. “Solid job growth and immigration continues to fuel housing demand, while the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions remains firm on its continued support for the mortgage stress test, which has prevented many prospective homebuyers from affording an entry-level home.”
Toronto continues to lead the list for the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom unit at $2,231 and took over the top spot from Vancouver for average monthly rent for a two-bedroom at $2,735.
In the Greater Toronto Area, the average rental rate increased slightly from $2,520 per month to $2,523 per month.
Quebec City has the lowest average monthly rent on the list with a one-bedroom going for $837 and a two-bedroom at $1,006.
Average rental rates in Ontario continue to outpace the other major provinces in Canada, as it costs a tenant about $600 more per month to live in a rental apartment in Ontario than in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba or Quebec.
Other takeaways from the June national rent report:
- Several Ontario developers are looking to Montreal for their next project as rental rates continue to trend upward, especially in the downtown core.
- Mississauga is one of the most active markets on Rentals.ca, ranking eighth in total listings in Canada, accounting for 3.3% of the national market.
- Average and median rental rates per square foot for apartments in Manitoba and Quebec have declined since Q4-2018, while increasing slightly in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In Ontario, rental apartment asking rents per square foot over the last three months has increased 7% from the fourth quarter to $2.54 per square foot. Rents per foot in British Columbia have increased 14% over the same period to $2.29 per square foot.
- Halifax is by far the most popular or in-demand municipality as ranked by pageviews per listing, with a whopping 85 pageviews for every unit listed on the site. Ottawa is a distant second with 60 and Victoria, BC is third at 47.