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


The census counted 387,145 households in Saskatchewan in 2006, of which 71.8% owned the dwelling they lived in. This was a slight increase from 70.8% five years earlier.

Among the provinces and territories, Saskatchewan continues to have the second lowest proportion of owner households that have a mortgage – 49.2% in 2006, up from 47.7% five years earlier. The national average in 2006 was 57.9%.

The median price Saskatchewan homeowners expected to receive for selling their home was $119,875 in 2006, well below the national median of $200,474.

The proportion of households spending 30% or more of their income on shelter was well below the national average of 24.9%. In 2006, about 20.4% of households spent 30% or more of their income on shelter, up from 19.6% five years earlier.

The proportion of owner households spending 30% or more of their income on shelter rose from 11.5% to 13.1%. For renters, it increased, from 38.6% to 39.8%.

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

As in Manitoba, a relatively high percentage of households in Saskatchewan – 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 80,320 households in the census metropolitan area of Regina. Of these, 70.1% owned their accommodation and 29.9% rented it.

One-fifth (20.4%) of households in Regina spent 30% or more of their income on shelter. Among households that owned their accommodation, only 11.9% spent 30% or more of their income on shelter, as did 40.6% of renters.

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