Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

December 16, 2014 08:56 ET

Vacancy Rate Declines in Saint John

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - Dec. 16, 2014) - The rental apartment vacancy rate1 in the Saint John Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) was 9.0 per cent in October 2014, down from 11.4 per cent last year according to the Fall Rental Market Survey released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

"Low levels of rental market construction activity in Saint John pulled down the vacancy rate this fall," said Claude Gautreau, Senior Market Analyst with CMHC's Atlantic Business Centre. "All rental market zones, except the South end, reported a lower vacancy rate in October," added Gautreau.

In Saint John City proper, the vacancy rates by submarket varied between 5.0 and 11.2 per cent. In the outlying areas of the CMA, the vacancy rate in the fall of 2014 stood at 10.3 per cent.

On the basis of a sample of structures common to both the 2013 and 2014 surveys2, the average two-bedroom rent increased by 0.7 per cent in the Saint John CMA. The average two-bedroom rent stood at $714 per month in the fall of 2014.

Rental Market data is also available in English and French at the following link: Fall Rental Market Report

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1 Based on privately-initiated rental apartment structures of three or more units.

2 When comparing year-over-year average rents, the age of the building needs to be taken in to consideration because rents in newly-built structures tend to be higher than in existing buildings. By comparing rents for units that are common to both 2014 and 2013 Fall Rental Market Surveys, we can get a better indication of actual rent increases paid by most tenants.

Additional data is available upon request.

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Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Claude Gautreau, Senior Market Analyst
    506-851-2742
    Cell: 506-866-9002
    cgautrea@cmhc.ca

    Media Contact:
    Caroline Arsenault, Communications & Marketing
    902-426-8127
    Cell: 902-452-4448
    cmarsena@cmhc.ca