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What’s the average cost of rent in Ottawa? Recent analysis of Kijiji ads says it’s pretty darn high

By Greggory Clark on January 21, 2021

How much would it cost to rent Apartment613 today? North of $1,250/month and pushing $2,000/month, according to the recent analysis of rental ads online. Redditors in the r/ottawa community going by the names of u/JohnnyHaldric and u/homes-for-rent posted their findings to the forum.

u/JohnnyHaldric ran an analysis of 975 Kijiji rental ads to determine the average rent in Ottawa ($1,856), Gatineau ($1,117), Nepean ($1,539), Orléans ($2,243), and the ByWard Market ($1,962). With the data analyzed, it’s also possible to obtain averages according to the number of bedrooms per unit, but u/JohnnyHaldric didn’t get that far. They did, however, share their data in this Google Drive spreadsheet.

u/homes-for-rent breaks it down to apartments, houses, duplexes, and other types of living spaces. Their analysis of units on the market in January came up with an average of $1,336/month for a 1-bedroom apartment and $2,420/month for a 3-bedroom house. Ottawa is only behind Toronto and GTA neighbourhoods in terms of the average rental rate for a 1-bedroom, nationwide.

Keep in mind these are asking prices for “on the market” properties, not a survey of current tenants in Ottawa-Gatineau.


Visit reddit.com/r/ottawa for more. Here are direct links to u/JohnnyHaldric’s post and u/homes-for-rent.