The effects of a red-hot housing market are having a wide-reaching effect in Toronto and Vancouver, where more millennials are delaying homeownership as prices continue to rise.

A Bank of Montreal report released Tuesday shows while 60 per cent of millennials surveyed are tired of paying rent, about 70 per cent are willing to delay homeownership until they can afford what they really want.

In the meantime, the rental markets in these communities are becoming increasingly competitive.

According to the Toronto Real Estate Board, the average condo rentals in Toronto for the first quarter of 2016 were:

  • Bachelor, $1,376 – a 3.8 per cent year-over-year increase
  • One-bedroom, $1,662 – a 4.8 per cent year-over-year increase
  • Two-bedroom, $2, 375 – a 8.9 per cent year-over-year increase
  • Three-bedroom, $2,789 – a 0.5 per cent year-over-year increase

"You're seeing reports now of Toronto's rental prices are at a record high. That points to more people wanting to rent to put off the purchasing decision," Sameh Elrefaei, managing director of personal lending products at BMO Bank of Montreal, told

Rental comparion

A report from Toronto-based Urbanation released this month showed the average condo in Toronto increased 6.8 per cent year-over-year while the vacancy rate has fallen to 0.5 per cent.

The report also found that in the condo rental market:

  • The average time on market fell from 27 to 23 days
  • The number of rentals that leased for higher than asking rents shot up by 59 per cent to 417 units
  • The number of units leased for over $3,000 per month almost doubled from a year ago to 276 units

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Rental size comparison

In Vancouver, meanwhile, VanCity credit union has warned that rising prices are likely to trigger labour shortages, as prices fall further behind the cost living.

The credit union has warned that if the current trends in the housing market by 2025, 85 high-demand occupations will pay too little to support typical housing debt-loads.

Some of these occupations that are forecast to fall short of the threshold include civil engineers, police officers, firefighters, industrial electricians and general practitioners.

Meanwhile, the report warns that only three occupations will still be able to afford housing in Metro Vancouver: senior business managers, senior construction managers and engineering managers.



"We see in our market, a lot of younger millennials are actually being forced to move out of the market. So it's a concern for us about the labour down the road," Salcito said. "What happens when the people we need to do jobs, just normal jobs, like be a teacher, can't even afford to live here? It will have a big impact in the future."

Graphics by Jesse Tahirali. Rental data provided by Urbanation.

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