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December 14, 2015

The Canadian Private Housing Stock: How is it changing?

For the first time, CMHC has examined each of the components of the private housing stock in Canada, as defined by Statistics Canada.

The component categories included both year round housing (“regular”) and non-winterized housing (“marginal”). Both categories subdivided into the following components: 

  • occupied by usual residents
  • occupied by foreign residents or temporarily present persons, and
  • unoccupied.

Regular private dwellings were identified as 99.97% of the private housing stock, while marginal private dwellings were 0.03%.

Some of the findings of this report:

  • Nearly 1 million private dwellings were added from 2006 to 2011. In 2011 as reported by Statistics Canada, there were 14.6 million private dwellings.
  • Almost one half of all housing units added were multiple-unit dwellings.
  • Alberta was a big contributor to the growth in the stock of single-detached dwellings.
  • Dwellings not occupied by usual residents were up 108,000.
  • Close to 150,000 unoccupied private dwellings were added from 2006 to 2011. Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta were the top three contributors.

Learn more in this Socio-economic Series Research Highlight.



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