Renters Brace for Impact: National Average Hits $2,185, But is the Market Cooling?

Renters Brace for Impact: National Average Hits $2,185, But is the Market Cooling?
July 9, 2024

Canadian renters brace yourselves: rents continue their upward climb, but there's a glimmer of hope on the horizon. The average asking rent reached a record high of $2,185 in June 2024, reflecting a 7% increase compared to June 2023. However, this marks the slowest annual growth rate in 13 months, hinting at a potential cooling trend in the sizzling hot rental market. This analysis, based on a report by Urbanation and, delves into the key trends and figures that paint a nuanced picture of the current state of rentals across Canada.

Dissecting the Numbers:

Breaking down the national figures, June 2024 saw an average asking rent of $2,185 for all residential property types, representing a 7.0% increase year-over-year. Interestingly, there was a 0.8% decrease in average asking rents compared to May 2024. This dip marks the largest month-over-month decline since early 2021 and stands out against the typical rental increases observed during this period.

Unit-Specific Trends

The report also sheds light on rental trends for different unit types. One-bedroom units followed the overall trend, with an average asking rent of $1,918 in June 2024, reflecting a 7.7% increase from the previous year. Renters seeking two-bedroom units faced an even steeper climb, with average asking rents reaching $2,301 in June 2024, a significant 9.6% rise year-over-year.

The report further differentiates between purpose-built rentals (like apartments) and condominium rentals. Purpose-built rentals witnessed a more substantial increase in asking rents, with an average jump of 11% to $2,121 in June 2024. Conversely, condo rentals saw a more moderate increase of 2.6% over the past year, bringing the average asking rent to $2,320.

Provincial Variations

The national picture doesn't capture the full story. When we zoom in on individual provinces, we see a diverse landscape. Saskatchewan takes the lead with a staggering 22.1% increase in average asking rents, reaching $1,339 in June 2024. Most other provinces also experienced year-over-year increases, while Ontario bucked the trend with a slight decline of 1.3%, bringing the average asking rent to $2,382.

City Spotlight

The report also provides valuable insights into rental trends in major Canadian cities.

  • Vancouver continues to hold the dubious honor of the priciest rental market, with one-bedroom units commanding an average rent of $2,724 and two-bedroom units fetching a hefty $3,648 in June 2024. However, there's a silver lining for Vancouver renters – the city witnessed a surprising annual decline of 7.5% for one-bedroom units and 5.6% for two-bedroom units.
  • Toronto, another major rental market, also saw some relief with annual declines. One-bedroom units averaged $2,444, and two-bedroom units averaged $3,199 in June 2024, reflecting decreases of 4.9% and 3.1% respectively compared to the previous year.
  • Kelowna, a city attracting many renters, offers a mixed bag. The average rent for a one-bedroom unit climbed 5.3% to $2,034 in June 2024 compared to last year. However, two-bedroom units bucked the trend, experiencing a 6.0% decrease in average rent, bringing it down to $2,477.

The Verdict

The Canadian rental market presents a complex picture. While the national average rent has increased significantly, the slowdown in growth and recent monthly decline suggest a potential shift in dynamics. The majority of provinces saw year-over-year increases, with Saskatchewan experiencing the most dramatic rise. Ontario's slight decline highlights the varying regional trends within the broader market.

The Road Ahead

The Canadian rental market is a dynamic landscape, and staying informed is crucial for both renters and landlords. By understanding the trends outlined in this report, renters can make informed decisions about their housing choices, potentially negotiating better deals or exploring more affordable areas. Landlords, on the other hand, can gain valuable insights into setting competitive rents and managing their properties effectively in a changing market.

For a comprehensive analysis and even more granular data, the full report by Urbanation and offers a treasure trove of insights. This report delves deeper into regional variations, explores vacancy rates, and analyzes trends across different property types. By consulting the full report, renters can gain a deeper understanding of specific neighborhoods and make informed decisions about their location choices. Landlords, on the other hand, can benefit from insights into specific property types that are in high demand and strategize their rental offerings accordingly.

Beyond the Numbers

While the report provides a wealth of data, it's important to consider the underlying factors contributing to the current rental market landscape. Several key drivers are likely at play:

  • Persistent Housing Shortage: Canada continues to grapple with a shortage of affordable housing units, particularly in major cities. This imbalance between supply and demand puts upward pressure on rents.
  • Rising Interest Rates: The Bank of Canada's recent interest rate hikes have made homeownership less attainable for many Canadians. This, in turn, fuels rental demand as more people remain in the rental market.
  • Immigration: Canada's strong immigration targets contribute to the demand for rental units, particularly in major urban centers.

Understanding these factors empowers renters and landlords to anticipate future trends and make informed decisions in a complex market.


The Canadian rental market is in a state of flux. While rents continue to rise, the pace of increase appears to be moderating. This shift, coupled with regional variations, presents both challenges and opportunities for renters and landlords alike. By staying informed about market trends and the underlying drivers of change, all stakeholders can navigate the rental landscape with greater confidence and make strategic decisions that meet their needs.


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