Feb 9 2017

Rental Housing Index #based #on #income #apartments

#rental housing


Welcome to the Rental Housing Index / Ouverture du site web

How much do renters earn in your community? How much do they spend on rent? Are they living in overcrowded conditions? Does your community need more rental housing to meet demand?

The Rental Housing Index answers these questions for nearly 100 communities in BC. BC Non-Profit Housing Association and Vancity Credit Union have partnered to provide this baseline data so that each year we can track our progress in ensuring that all British Columbians have access to safe, secure and affordable housing.

This is the first step in painting a comprehensive picture of the rental market in BC. The website will continue to be updated with new data and tools as they become available.

Combien vos gens à loyer gagnent-ils dans votre communauté? Combien dépensent-ils pour leur loyer? Vivent-ils dans des conditions surpeuplées? Est-ce que votre communauté a besoin de plus de logement à loyer remplir la demande?

L’Indice canadienne du logement à loyer répond à ces questions pour près de 1200 communautés à travers le pays. Un consortium d’organisation d’habitation et Vancity Credit Union ont formé un partenariat pour fournir des données de de base afin que nous puissions tracer notre progrès pour assurer que tous les canadiens ont accès à un logement sécure et abordable.

Ceci est le premier pas pour présenter un tableau compréhensif du marché du loyer au Canada. Le site web sera mis à jour continuellement avec de nouvelles données et des outils au fur et à mesure qu’ils seront disponibles.

see the data / Voyez les données


1. Hover over a particular community to get started. The left side of the screen will display a profile of important rental housing information for that community. To select between municipalities, regions, federal ridings, or provinces click the corresponding button on the top left corner of the map.

2. Click a selectable area on the map and data will appear. Click on the indicator tabs on the left of the screen to move between each of the indicators. A description of each indicator is found above the table.

3. At the top right of each table, you will find # and % icons. These features allow you to get both the absolute and relative values for the data in the table.

  • For example, if you want to see the number of households spending more than 50% of income on rent + utilities, click on the # icon. If you want to see the percentage of households spending more than 50% of income on rent + utilities, click on the % icon.

4. The bottom right of the screen displays how a community’s rental housing situation compares to other communities in its province as well as others in Canada. Simply use the ‘Provincial’ and ‘National’ buttons to select between the two options. A ranking of 1 indicates the community with the best rental housing situation, while higher numbers indicate a worse ranking. These rankings are based on the indicator scores, which are each scored out of 10. In order to find out how we calculated the indicator scores see our methodology document.

Community Rank

To see how communities in the RHI rank provincially and nationally on each of the indicators and Overall Index Score, click here .


Each community in the Rental Housing Index has two Overall Index scores – one that illustrates how it compares to other communities in the same province, and another that illustrates how it compares to all communities in Canada. We score each community out of 50, based on summing five indicators out of 10 points each. For each indicator, zero represents optimal health of the rental market and ten is assigned to the worst ranking community for that indicator. All other communities fall somewhere in between these two points.

For a detailed description of how each indicator table is created and how the Index is structured, please download the full methodology document here .


BC Non-Profit Housing Association and Vancity credit union would like to thank all of our national partners for their help with this project:

Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
Alberta Network of Public Housing Agencies
New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association
Credit Unions of New Brunswick
Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition
Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins
Réseau québécois des OSBL d’habitation
Canadian Housing and Renewal Association
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness


The Rental Housing Index was compiled using data from the 2011 National Household Survey (formerly the long-form census) obtained through a Statistics Canada custom data request. Although NHS was far from perfect, it has the most comprehensive and up-to-date data on rents and incomes for large and small communities throughout the country.

All of the data in the Rental Housing Index is for renter households, which are sorted into income quarters with a roughly equal number of renter households in each quarter. Income quarters are specific to renter households for each community. All income and rent data are displayed by income quarter and unit size. Overcrowding data are displayed for the whole community by income quarter, but not by unit size.

If you have questions about the results you’re seeing in the data tables or global non-response rates in these communities, please check our Data FAQ for explanations.

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