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More Toronto residents in apartments than detached houses, census finds

The single-detached house accounts for 53.6 per cent of private occupied dwellings in Canada, a share that has been declining since the early 1980s.

Single-detached houses remain Canadians’ choice of dwelling but in Toronto, the apartment reigns.

New data from the 2016 census shows that apartments (44 per cent) outnumber single-detached houses (40 per cent) as home for Toronto residents. And Toronto had the most dwellings in high-rise apartment buildings — nearly one in three — of major cities across the country, Statistics Canada said Wednesday as it released additional census data.

The single-detached house accounted for 53.6 per cent, of 7.5 million of the 14.1 million private occupied dwellings in Canada, a share that has been declining since the early 1980s.

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Other housing included:

  • 18 per cent apartments in buildings with fewer than five storeys.
  • 9.9 per cent apartments in buildings with five or more storeys.
  • 6.3 per cent row housing.
  • 5.6 per cent apartments or flats in a duplex
  • 5 per cent semi-detached houses.
  • 1.3 per cent movable dwellings.

Across the Greater Toronto Area, there were 2,135,910 private dwellings. Of those, 39.6 per cent were single-detached houses; 29.4 per cent were in apartment buildings with five or more storeys; 10 per cent were in apartment buildings with fewer than five storeys; 4.2 per cent were flats in a duplex, and 16.8 per cent were listed as “other” dwellings.

Across Ontario, there were 5,169,175 private dwellings. Of those, 54.3 per cent were single-detached houses; 17.2 per cent were in apartment buildings with five or more storeys; 10.1 per cent were in apartment buildings with fewer than five storeys; 3.4 per cent were flats in a duplex.

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