Peg Report 29: Winnipeg housing: more affordable, more crowded, in greater need of repair than Canadian average

The percentage of Winnipeggers living in core housing need has been decreasing for the last twenty years, and is now lower than the national average and comparable to Canadian cities.

This has all been happening as the cost of housing across Canada continues to climb, and while Winnipeg’s market has not seen the same growth as bigger centres like Toronto and Vancouver, finding suitable, affordable housing remains a challenge at every income level.    

Peg tells us…
  • Between 1991 and 2011, the percentage of people living in core housing need in Winnipeg dropped from 14.6 per cent to 10.3 per cent. The majority of this decrease happened between 1996 and 2001, with only very small decreases since that time.

  • Since 1996, Winnipeg has had a smaller proportion of people in core housing need than the Canadian average. In 2011, this rate was comparable to Calgary (10 per cent) and lower than Ottawa and Edmonton (11 per cent).

Why does this matter?

  • Core housing need speaks to the importance of having adequate, affordable housing with sufficient space. When any or all of the above criteria for standard living conditions are not met, households have more stress placed on their resources and health.

  • More detail and source data for the above facts available at:


  • Core housing need measures the percentage of households whose housing: i) costs more than 30 per cent of their income, ii) requires major repairs, or iii) is too small for the number of occupants, and who cannot afford to pay the median cost of rent for housing that would meet these standards

Source of the data:

  • Peg’s data for the Core Housing Need indicator is provided by the Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (

Media inquiries:

  • For interviews on Peg, the data, or to be connected with organizations making a difference in the community, please contact:

Sumeep Bath, Media and Communications Officer
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
(204) 958-7700 ex 740 |