Cooling Rental Hikes: A Closer Look at Canada’s Changing Rental Market

In recent times, the pace of rent increases across Canada has shown signs of cooling down. As of November, the average asking price for a rental unit stood at $2,174, which is relatively unchanged from the previous month. However, this figure represents an 8.4% rise compared to last year, indicating a significant year-over-year growth.

Insight: “The winds of change are blowing through Canada’s rental market, signaling a shift that could benefit renters in the long run.”

According to data from and Urbanation, the yearly growth rate in rents is decelerating, following hikes of 9.9% in October and 11.1% in September. A one-bedroom unit in November averaged $1,911, up 13.6% from the same month in 2022, while two-bedroom units were asking for an average of $2,260, marking a 10.5% increase annually.

“The rental market is like the ocean – constantly ebbing and flowing, with currents of change that both challenge and benefit its navigators.”

In major cities like Vancouver and Toronto, known for their high rental costs, there has been a notable slowdown. Vancouver’s asking rents rose a modest 0.7% from last year to $3,171, whereas Toronto experienced a 2.4% decrease to $2,913. Month-over-month changes were also minimal, with a 1.4% drop in Vancouver and a slight 0.2% rise in Toronto.

Edmonton emerged as a leader in rent growth among Canada’s major markets, overtaking Calgary. Here, average asking rents surged 11.9% year-over-year to $1,472. Calgary saw a 10.4% increase, bringing the average asking rent to $2,081.



  • What’s the current trend in Canada’s rental market?
      Ans. The market is experiencing a gradual slowdown in rent increases.


    • How are major cities like Vancouver and Toronto affected?
        Ans. These cities are seeing a notable deceleration in rental hikes.


      Montreal’s rental market, too, witnessed a slower rate of increase in November compared to previous months, with an 8.5% annual growth reaching $2,048. In Ottawa, the figure was 6.8% to $2,238.

      Interestingly, average rents for shared accommodations are nearing the $1,000 mark, with a 16.2% rise over the past year across B.C., Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec, reaching a record high of $960. Quebec leads the pack in this segment, with a 26.2% year-over-year increase, averaging $923 last month.

      Bold Statement: “The rental market’s gradual cooldown is a harbinger of balance, bringing a more stable and affordable future for renters across Canada.”

      This report underscores the dynamic nature of Canada’s rental market, reflecting a complex interplay of economic factors and regional trends. As the market continues to evolve, renters and investors alike are keenly watching these shifts for signs of what the future holds.