Home Ownership Matters

There’s a reason why home ownership is considered part of the Canadian Dream. People aspire to home ownership for the financial and social benefits to people, communities and Ontario.



  • Home owners say they have a better of Quality of Life. They report being happier, healthier and enjoy a greater feeling of control over their lives.
  • Home owners are free to redecorate, renovate and modify their homes as they wish.
  • Most home owners enjoy stable housing costs – a fixed rate mortgage payment might change a little over time while rent in Ontario has increased on average 3.5% a year.



  • Home owners are civically engaged. Home owners are much more likely to say they voted in the last municipal election than renters.
  • Home owners are significantly more likely to have donated to charity, participated in local festivals/events, volunteered, and written a letter to their editor.
  • The overwhelming majority (94%) of Ontarians agree that owning a home provides a stable and healthy environment for raising a family.



  • 72% of Ontario households are owner occupied. Ontario is a province of homeowners.
  • In 2010, Ontario MLS® home sales generated $9.3 billion in additional consumer spending.
  • Every home purchased in Ontario pumps $47,575 into the economy for furniture, home improvements and related items.
  • Home sales on MLS® generate over 80,000 direct and indirect jobs annually in Ontario.


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