Are You Paying Higher-Than-Average Condo Fees?

Highest strata fees are found in tallest buildings, finds CMHC study – but what’s the average cost?
Joannah Connolly
July 5, 2017

Do you ever wonder whether the fees on the condo you’re living in – or thinking of buying – are typical for the type of building?

A new report released July 4 by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation reveals the average condo fee in Canada, across all building types and ages, to be $302 a month. The report uses the most recent available nationwide census and survey data up to 2011.

The average condo fee varied significantly between high- and low-rise buildings, and the age of the building. Households living in high-rise towers paid significantly more than those living in low-rise buildings and townhomes or row houses.

CMHC condo fee survey row houses

 

CMHC condo fee survey low rises

 

CMHC condo fee survey high rises

 

Condo fees were also found to get progressively higher, the older the building.

The CHMC said, “In 2011, this trend was consistent among fee payers living in high-rise buildings and row houses, and somewhat consistent in other dwelling types.

It added, “Fee payers living in older dwellings were more likely to occupy units with more bedrooms than fee payers living in newer dwellings.”

The report also broke the results down by province and city, with average condos fees in Vancouver standing at slightly lower than the national averages, at $265 a month for a low-rise apartment, $320 a month for a high-rise and $238 for a row home/townhouse.

The CMHC found that across Canada, an increasing percentage of homeowners pay condo fees, as condo ownership gradually increases compared with single-family home ownership. The proportion of households in owner-occupied dwellings who said they pay strata fees increased from 7.5% in 1996 to 12.7% in 2011.

Unsurprisingly, households paying strata fees were found to have lower average incomes than other homeowners. The inflation-adjusted average pre-tax income of households paying condo fees was 10% lower than households not paying strata fees in 1995, and this income gap increased to 25% in 2010.

For full breakdowns of condo fees by province, city and much more, read the full Housing Research Report: Condominium fees in owner-occupied buildings

Joannah Connolly
Joannah Connolly is editorial director of Glacier Real Estate, Glacier Media's real estate division. Joannah writes and curates real estate news for Glacier Media's local newspaper websites, including the Vancouver Courier, North Shore News, Burnaby Now, Tri-City News and others. She also oversees editorial content in Real Estate Weekly Homes, West Coast Condo, Western Investor and Glacier's special real estate publications. A dual Canadian-British citizen, Joannah has 22 years of journalism and editing experience in Vancouver and London, with a background in construction, architecture, healthcare and business media. Joannah has appeared on major local TV outlets as a real estate commentator, has moderated and spoken on various industry panels, and spent two years hosting the Real Estate Therapist radio show on Roundhouse Radio.