Affordable housing, both for prospective homeowners and renters, is in very short supply across the province. The rise in house prices has been outpacing income increases across Canada in leaps and bounds, with most young Canadians viewing homeownership as a pipedream at this point. The median household income before taxes in Ontario (as of the 2016 census) was $74,260. In the same year, the average Ontario house price was nearly $550,000. The disparity between household income and house prices has only deepened since then, with the average Ontario house price currently at roughly $750,000. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the demand for housing across the province, and there is little indication that the market will cool in the short term.
/ Housing Crisis
Affordable housing, both for prospective homeowners and renters, is in very short supply across the province. Rental vacancy rates in major urban centres typically being lower than the recommended “healthy” rate of 3-5%. Households renting long term can carry an unfair stigma that they are less financially stable or are somehow lacking in character if they are unable to afford to buy a house or condo. There is also a misplaced but common concern that the presence of affordable housing in a community will lower property values and/or increase crime rates in the area.