April 2021: Canadian public opinion on housing prices
An Angus Reid poll from April 2021. To Have & Have Not: Canadians take sides on housing market, divided in desire for home prices to rise, or tank.
A majority of Canadians think housing prices in their community are too high - 57% in rural areas, 67% in small cities, 70% in urban and suburban areas.
60% of Canadians hope that housing prices stay the same or decline over the next few years (21% hope they stay where they are, 17% hope they fall by 10%, 22% hope they fall by 30% or more). 40% are hoping that housing prices continue to rise over the next few years.
More key findings:
Those who live in Metro Vancouver, the GTA, Montreal, and Halifax are most likely to say housing prices in their city are unreasonably high; at least 56 per cent in each region say this
Among those who do not currently own a home, only one-in-five (21%) do not want one. 45 per cent say they would like to but can’t afford it right now, while one-quarter (25%) say they would like to but doubt they’ll ever afford it
Canadians are overwhelmingly critical of their provincial government’s handling of housing affordability. At least half of residents in every province canvassed say their government has done a poor job on this file