Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

June 12, 2012 08:15 ET

Ontario Rental Vacancies Decline in April 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 12, 2012) - According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Spring 2012 Rental Market Survey, Ontario vacancy rates(1) declined to 2.3 per cent in April 2012, down from 2.5 per cent in the spring of 2011. Most urban centers registered lower vacancy rates. The lowest vacancy rates were in southern Ontario while the highest vacancy rates were in south western Ontario major centers. Rental vacancy rates remained stable in the GTA and in eastern Ontario urban centers.

"Some prominent factors supported rental demand and exerted downward pressure on vacancy rates. Economic uncertainty and the rising cost of home ownership in Ontario restrained "big ticket" spending across the province since the spring of 2011. Consequently, tenants considering the jump to more expensive ownership housing likely postponed this decision," said Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHCs Ontario Regional Economist. "Other factors were less supportive of rental demand. Lower immigration levels, higher migratory outflows to energy rich western Canada and more rental completions likely exerted upward pressure on vacancy rates," added Tsiakopoulos.

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(1) Based on privately-initiated rental apartments structures of three or more units.

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Contact Information

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Charles Sauriol
    Senior Communications Officer
    (613) 748 2799

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Ted Tsiakopoulos
    Ontario Regional Economist
    (416) 218 3407