Canadian Rental Housing Index

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Published by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs - Planning and Land Use Management
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The Canadian Rental Housing Index ( is a comprehensive database of rental housing statistics, providing information for renter households in over 800 municipalities and regional districts across B.C. and the rest of Canada. All of the information contained in the Index is derived from a Statistics Canada custom tabulation based on the 2016 long-form census.

The Index includes various data for renter households, such as:

  • Average and median incomes
  • Average rents
  • Renter households spending 30% and 50% or more of their income on shelter
  • Income quartiles
  • Bedroom sizes
  • Suitability (overcrowding)
  • Demographic information for Indigenous renters, families, seniors and youth, and immigrants

Data and Resources

This dataset has no data.

Additional Information


This data is intended to support BC local governments in meeting provincial requirements to develop housing needs reports.

Data Quality

Please note that while the current iteration of the Index only shows information for municipalities that have over 500 renter households, BCNPHA’s custom dataset contains information for every Census Subdivision in B.C., along with additional variables such as home ownership. If you cannot find information for your community in the Index, please contact

Lineage Statement

This data is accessed via (BC Non-Profit Housing Association)

Contact Information

NamePlanning and Land Use Management Branch (custodian)
OrganizationMinistry of Municipal Affairs
Sub-OrganizationPlanning and Land Use Management

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2019-12-20
Record Last Modified 2019-12-20
Resource Status completed