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See what a $1,200 apartment rental looks like across Canada

Renters in Vancouver paid the highest average rent for a two-bedroom apartment, at $1,345 per month, according to the country's housing agency.
Renters in Vancouver pay one of the highest average rents for a two-bedroom apartment, new data finds. Credit / Getty Images

TORONTO — New data comparing rental prices from coast to coast reveals how much more, or less, your neighbours are paying every month.

RentSeeker.ca, one of Canada’s largest and most visited online apartment finders, has published the average costs for apartment rentals in cities across Canada.

It’s no surprise that living in large centres in Canada comes with a larger rent bill. Apartment rental prices in B.C.’s lower mainland and the Greater Toronto Area top the list when it comes to high rental prices. Toronto’s average price for a two-bedroom unit is $1,269 and in Vancouver it is $1,345.

The award for highest average rent on the list goes to Burlington, Ont., at $1,558 for a two-bedroom unit. Burlington is located just west of Toronto, with a population of 175,779, according to the 2011 Census. The city is bursting with new housing developments, and it’s popular with people who work in Toronto but want to live away from the hustle of the big city.

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It doesn’t take much to live like a king (or queen) in La Belle Province: a two-bedroom rental in Montreal sits at $742 per month. Saguenay, Que., boasts the lowest rental prices on the list at $583 for a two-bedroom unit. The city of 157,790 people is located about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City. In the fall of 2014 the city was profiled as having a “sluggish job market and less favourable demographic environment” by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), as an explanation for a slowdown of demand for new homes.

So is the grass really greener, or at least cheaper, in another city or province? Here’s an entirely unscientific look at what (roughly) $1,200 will get you in a handful of cities across Canada.

Vancouver

Located in desirable Kitsilano, this bachelor apartment is close to the beach, multiple parks, and a quick commute to downtown Vancouver. The $1,195 per month rent comes with heat and hot water. The unit, while spacious by studio standards at 550 square feet, is for single occupants only.

The building has a Walk Score of 97, landing it in the “Walker’s Paradise” category, meaning daily errands do not require a car.

The main room of a studio apartment in Kitsilano.
The main room of a studio apartment in Kitsilano. Global News
The kitchen and entrance of a studio apartment in Kitsilano.
The kitchen and entrance of a studio apartment in Kitsilano. Global News
An apartment building in Vancouver's trendy Kitsilano neighbourhood.
An apartment building in Vancouver's trendy Kitsilano neighbourhood. Google Street View / Global News

Edmonton

This Edmonton condo rental is just north of Whyte Avenue, a street lined with popular shops and restaurants. It’s close to the University of Alberta and a number of green spaces.

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The apartment, at $1,195 a month, includes utilities and a parking stall.

Interior of an Edmonton condo for rent.
Interior of an Edmonton condo for rent. Global News
Interior of an Edmonton condo for rent.
Interior of an Edmonton condo for rent. Global News
Interior of an Edmonton condo for rent.
Interior of an Edmonton condo for rent. Global News

Winnipeg

This spacious two bedroom apartment in the Prairie city’s downtown is within walking distance of the Manitoba Legislature, the University of Winnipeg, The Forks, and the MTS Centre, where the Winnipeg Jets pack the stands every game.

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At $1,215 a month, this all-inclusive rental comes with hardwood floors, pre-wired Internet, surround sound and a fully equipped gym in the building.

The living and dining area is shown in a two-bedroom rental in Winnipeg.
The living and dining area is shown in a two-bedroom rental in Winnipeg. Timbercreek Communities / Global News
The living and dining area is shown in a two-bedroom rental in Winnipeg.
The living and dining area is shown in a two-bedroom rental in Winnipeg. Timbercreek Communities / Global News
Exterior of an apartment building in downtown Winnipeg.
Exterior of an apartment building in downtown Winnipeg. Timbercreek Communities / Global News

Halifax

This “luxury” rental in Halifax boasts two-bedrooms, two bathrooms, in-suite laundry and two parking spaces. The building has a common room and a gym.

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The kitchen of this two-bedroom Halifax apartment.
The kitchen of this two-bedroom Halifax apartment. Global News
The living room of this two-bedroom Halifax apartment.
The living room of this two-bedroom Halifax apartment. Global News
One of two bedrooms in this Halifax apartment.
One of two bedrooms in this Halifax apartment. Global News