If you’re considering buying a home in Ontario, chances are you’re already familiar with the most expensive areas to avoid looking at. However, you may not know the best places to buy real estate in Ontario— luckily, this new report has the answers.

This recent report by Zoocasa and MoneySense analyzes the regions and neighbourhoods across Canada that offer the most value to home buyers in 2023.

With a purchase as large as this one, it certainly doesn’t hurt to explore your best options!

Compiled using CREA home price data and other neighbourhood economics data, the study ranks the best areas to buy a house in Canada.

Each region is ranked based on its benchmark price for 2022, and first, third, and fifth-year growths.

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The benchmark price reflects all property types, including attached and detached homes, townhouses, row units, and apartment units.

So with that in mind, here are the best places to buy real estate in Ontario right now and the 2022 benchmark price for all property types.

  1. Sault Ste. Marie: $292,208
  2. North Bay: $413,525
  3. Bancroft and district: $506,875
  4. Tillsonburg and district: $627,167
  5. Sudbury: $437,033
  6. Windsor-Essex: $618,692
  7. Rideau St. Lawrence: $580,050
  8. Huron Perth: $597,800
  9. Quinte and district: $598,858
  10. Kawartha Lakes: $722,583
  11. Kingston and area: $587,950
  12. Peterborough and the Kawarthas: $729,800
  13. Simcoe and district: $618,475
  14. Woodstock-Ingersoll: $723,508
  15. Northumberland Hills: $778,142
  16. Brantford region: $754,317
  17. London-St. Thomas: $659,583
  18. Niagara Region: $728,025
  19. Lakelands: $753,050
  20. Barrie and district: $889,800
  21. Grey Bruce-Owen Sound: $599,575
  22. Ottawa: $673,550
  23. Cambridge: $822,292
  24. Guelph and district: $896,308
  25. Kitchener-Waterloo: $808,867
  26. Hamilton-Burlington: $928,675
  27. Greater Toronto Area: $1,195,950
  28. Mississauga: $1,184,858
  29. Oakville-Milton: $1,401,042

You can also take a look at the report on MoneySense for a detailed breakdown of the 1-year and 3-year growth for each region.

Each region is also assigned a value score from 0 to 5. The report says that 5 represents the most value and 0 represents the least.

Only two regions in Ontario — Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay — have earned a value score that’s greater than 4.

So if affordability is at the top of your priority list when buying your next home, you know where to look!