Apartment, Row House Growth Outpaces Single-Detached Homes: Census

By The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
April 27, 2022 Updated: April 27, 2022

The latest census data shows single-detached houses are still the most plentiful type of housing in Canada, but apartments and row houses are slowly catching up.

The figures from 2021 show the country’s 7.8 million single-detached homes made up about 53 percent of Canada’s housing supply, down from roughly 54 percent during the 2016 census.

Statistics Canada says the share of the country’s housing stock represented by apartments with more than five storeys increased to 10.7 percent last year from 9.9 percent in 2016.

Apartments with fewer than five storeys edged up slightly to 18.3 percent in 2021 from 18 percent in 2016.

Row houses experienced a slight uptick, rising from 6.3 percent of the housing supply in 2016 to 6.5 percent last year.

Statistics Canada senior analyst Jeff Randle says apartments and other housing types are likely seeing more growth than single-detached homes because space is at a premium in many regions and housing prices are soaring beyond many people’s budgets.