Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

December 09, 2010 08:15 ET

Slight Increase in Ottawa's Vacancy Rate

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2010) - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released its annual Rental Market Report for the Ottawa CMA today. Highlights of the 2010 Rental Market Report are as follows:

  • Ottawa's apartment vacancy stabilized reaching 1.6 per cent in 2010, continuing a very modest trend increase from the low levels of 2008
  • Factors that exerted upward pressure on vacancies include a softer youth job market and competition from the condominium sector
  • Increased demand in the rental market pushed up the average fixed sample rent for two bedroom apartment by 3.7 percent

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"Although the vacancy rate in Ottawa edged up slightly in 2010, Ottawa continues to have one of the lowest vacancy rates in the country," said Sandra Pérez-Torres, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst for the Ottawa region. "Increasing prices in the home ownership market coupled with high migration into the city kept the rental market tight," concluded Pérez-Torres.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable homes. CMHC also provides reliable, impartial and up-to-date housing market reports, analysis and knowledge to support and assist consumers and the housing industry in making vital decisions. For more information, visit or call 1-800-668-2642.

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    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Sandra Perez-Torres
    Senior Market Analyst
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    Ted Tsiakopoulos
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