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Changing Patterns in Canadian Homeownership and Shelter Costs, 2006 Census: Geographical differences


The census counted 448,780 households in Manitoba in 2006, of which 68.9% owned the dwelling they lived in. This was a slight increase from 67.8% five years earlier.

The proportion of owner households that had a mortgage rose in Manitoba. In 2006, 54.6% of owner households in Manitoba had a mortgage, up from 52.1% five years earlier. The national average was 57.9%.

The median price Manitoba homeowners would expect to receive for selling their home was $139,497 in 2006, well below the national median of $200,474.

The proportion of households spending 30% or more of their income on shelter was the lowest among the provinces. In 2006, about 18.6% of households spent 30% or more of their income on shelter, down from 19.4% five years earlier.

Despite an overall decline in the percentage of households spending 30% or more of their income on shelter, owner households showed an increase, from 11.3% to 11.5%. For renter households, this percentage declined, from 37.1% to 35.5%.

About 2.6% of households in Manitoba lived in band housing in 2006, up from 2.4% in 2001.

A relatively high percentage of households in Manitoba – just over 10% – reported that their dwelling was in need of major repairs. In the province's band housing, the need for major repairs was much higher, representing about 55% of the dwellings.

The census counted 281,760 households in the census metropolitan area of Winnipeg. Of these, two-thirds (67.2%) owned their accommodation and 32.8% rented it.

One-fifth (20.0%) of households in Winnipeg spent 30% or more of their income on shelter. Among the households that owned their accommodation, only 11.6% spent 30% or more of their income on shelter, as did 37.3% of renters.

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