Rural Apartment Vacancy & Rental Cost Survey

The Government of Alberta annually conducts the Rural Apartment Vacancy and Rental Cost Survey of multi-family dwellings in Alberta's rural communities between the months of May and August.

The survey identifies building type, unit type, number of units, rental rates (including utilities) and the number of vacancies in Alberta communities with populations between 1,000 and 9,999 that have at least 30 or more rental units. The survey does not include communities with larger populations as these centres are surveyed bi-annually by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in April and October.

Each year, the number of communities surveyed may differ due to changes in population or the number of rental units in the community. Data on communities that drop below survey criteria continues to be gathered in order to maintain historical trending data.

The survey report is recognized as the only official and unbiased rental housing cost and vacancy information for rural Alberta. The survey provides the provincial government, housing industry, municipalities, and various other entities with essential housing information on private market vacancy and rental rates in multi-family dwellings in rural Alberta.

Contact Information

Alberta Seniors and Housing, Housing Division
3rd Floor, 44 Capital Boulevard
Edmonton, AB T5J 5E6
Telephone: 780-644-2610
Fax: 780-422-5124
For more information, please visit our Contact Us page

To be connected toll-free in Alberta, dial 310-0000 followed by the area code and the telephone number.

Copies of the Apartment Vacancy and Rental Cost Survey report can be purchased from the Queen's Printer Bookstore in person; by telephone, fax, e-mail, or online;

Queen's Printer Bookstore
Park Plaza Building
5th Floor, 10611-98 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K2P7
Telephone:  780-427-4952
Fax:  780-452-0668