Results from the new Canadian Housing Survey, 2018

Households on the move

35% (5.2 out of 15 million) of households have moved within the past five years.

Percentage of households who moved in the past 5 years, by province
Percentage of households
Newfoundland and Labrador 23%
Prince Edward Island 34%
Nova Scotia 32%
New Brunswick 28%
Quebec 35%
Ontario 34%
Manitoba 34%
Saskatchewan 37%
Alberta 39%
British Columbia 40%
Yukon 40%
Northwest Territories 45%
Nunavut 46%

Top 5 reasons for moving in the past 5 years
Number of households
To upgrade to a larger dwelling or better quality dwelling 1,427,800
To be in a more desirable neighbourhood 1,036,700
To become a homeowner 939,500
Because of a change in household or family size 926,200
To reduce housing costs 741,400

Where did households move from in the past 5 years?
Percentage of households
From the same city 61%
From a different city in Canada 35%
From outside of Canada 4%

21% of all households intend to move in the next 5 years.


  1. Indicators related to reasons for moving and plans for moving are based on the information for the reference person. The reference person is the household member responsible for housing decisions. In cases where members share responsibility for housing decisions, one person is chosen to be the reference person.
  2. In cases where multiple moves occur, the reason for moving is captured for the last move of the reference person. One or more reasons can be reported by the reference person.

Sources: Canadian Housing Survey 2018.  Data for Northwest Territories come from the Northwest Territories Community Survey, 2019.