Ottawa is a safe, clean city in which to raise a family, with a wide variety of neighbourhoods. It also offers a wide mix of houses and small and large apartment buildings.
Apartment hunters have a good range of choices, and local agencies assist with a variety of services specifically for immigrants. Rents are lower than Vancouver and Toronto, but higher than most other centres.
The average monthly rent for a one bedroom apartment in April 2013 was $922 and a two bedroom apartment was $1,130. The average monthly rent for a three bedroom apartment was $1,377.
Vacancy rate and availability
In Ottawa, the vacancy rate for one bedroom rental apartments was 4.3 per cent and for two bedroom apartments was 3 per cent. The vacancy rate of three bedroom rental apartments was 3.7 per cent. This was the proportion of rental apartments that are vacant and ready for move-in in April 2013.
The proportion, in April 2013, of apartments that are vacant or for which the present occupant has given notice to move-out was 6.9 per cent for one bedroom apartments, 6.3 per cent for two bedroom apartments, and 8.2 per cent for three bedroom apartments.
Home purchase prices
In Ottawa, the average house price, in 2012, was $352,610.
For more up-to-date information, see CMHC's Housing Market Information website, and the Canadian Housing Observer.
Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation – Housing information for Newcomers
These agencies can help you find housing
English and French
Action Logement/ Action-Housing
Other access points:
Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre
Overbrook-Forbes Community Resource Centre
Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre
Lowertown Community Resource Centre
Housing Help/ Aide Logement
These agencies offer advice specifically for immigrants:
Catholic Immigration Centre
OCISO – Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization