Purchasing a house or renting a home is very affordable in Chatham-Kent. The low cost of living in Chatham-Kent allows residents to enjoy a high quality of life, and our many communities and neighbourhoods provide a variety of home environments to choose from.

Average House Purchase Price



London & St. Thomas






January-December 2019 based on statistics from the Canadian Real Estate Association and the Chatham-Kent Association of REALTORS*.

Average Rental Prices





Kitchener - Cambridge - Waterloo



October 2019, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Rental Market Survey.

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Buying a Home

To learn more about buying a home, you can consult Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). CMHC also has special information specifically to help newcomers who want to buy a home in Canada. Visit the below links to see local listings:

Building a Home

Building a home can be more expensive, but it is a good way to make sure your house is exactly what your family wants. If you are considering building a home, you should consult the Chatham-Kent Builders Association and request a homebuyer information package. Before you build your home, you must contact the Municipality of Chatham-Kent to request a building permit and own a lot for you to build on.

Renting a Home

Rental rates for houses and apartments in Chatham-Kent are also very reasonable and the rental properties available can cater to any family size. The Housing for Newcomers website can help you understand apartment rentals and contracts.

When you find an apartment or rental home, a co-signer and a reference may be necessary. The co-signer pays the rent if you cannot pay it every month. The reference is someone the landlord contacts to do a background check.

The following sites can help you begin your search:

You can also call or visit the Salvation Army for a list of rental units in Chatham-Kent:

The Salvation Army Chatham
46 Orangewood Blvd,
Chatham, ON N7L 5H1
Phone: 519.354.8353
Fax: 519-354-9029

Social Housing

Chatham-Kent Social Housing welcomes all newcomers and families in need of adequate and affordable social housing. Depending on the size of your income and size of your home, you may qualify for government subsidized housing.

If you are interested in social housing, contact:

Health & Family Services
435 Grand Ave W, Box #1296
Chatham ON N7M 5R9
Phone: 519.351.8573 (select option 3)
Fax: 519.351.6404