High-Rise Apartment:  A dwelling unit in a multi-family building with five or more storeys.

Movable Dwelling:  A mobile home or other movable dwelling such as a houseboat, recreational vehicle, or railroad car.

Other Attached-Dwellings:  A catch-all category that refers to semi-detached houses (e.g., duplexes, triplexes, or fourplexes), row houses, apartments or flats within a duplex, and apartments in buildings with fewer than five storeys.

Single Detached House:  A dwelling that is not attached to any other dwelling or structure except its own garage or shed. A single-detached house has open space on all sides and has no dwellings above or below it. A mobile home fixed permanently to a foundation is also classified as a single-detached house.



2006 Dashboard Data:  Statistics Canada. 2006. Census of Population. Custom tabulations.

2016 Dashboard Data:  Statistics Canada. 2016. Census of Population. Custom tabulations.

Definitions:  Statistics Canada. 2017 (updated). Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016. Website.

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Sustainable Development Goals

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11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically.

However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure.

The challenges cities face can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. The future we want includes cities of opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

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By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums


By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons


By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries