OVERCROWDING AS A RESPONSE TO HIGH RENT
Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC) defines “overcrowding” as occurring when the number of people residing in a housing unit exceeds the National Occupancy Standard for that size of unit. For a one-bedroom apartment, the NOS defines overcrowding as occurring when more than two people reside in that apartment.
The diagram presents data on the rental market in 60 communities from across Canada. Each dot represents, for a single community, data describing the average rent paid on a one-bedroom rental and the percentage of one-bedroom rentals in which there is overcrowding. The data come from the 2016 census.
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