Single-detached homes still dominate Canada’s housing stock – but townhouses and apartments are catching up – National


The latest census data shows single-detached homes are still the most abundant housing type in Canada, but apartments and townhouses are slowly catching up.

Figures for 2021 show the country’s 7.8 million single-detached homes accounted for about 53% of Canada’s housing supply, up from about 54% in the 2016 census.

According to Statistics Canada, the share of the country’s housing stock accounted for by apartments with more than five floors fell from 9.9% in 2016 to 10.7% last year.

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Apartments with less than five floors increased slightly to 18.3% in 2021 from 18% in 2016.

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Townhouses saw an uptick from 6.3% of housing supply in 2016 to 6.5% last year.

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Statistics Canada senior analyst Jeff Randle says apartments and other housing types are likely seeing more growth than single-detached homes, as space is scarce in many areas and housing prices are outpacing housing budgets. many people.

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