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Highlights from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.'s spring, 2012 rental market report

The average national price for a two-bedroom rental in new and existing buildings rose to $887 in April 2012 from $864 a year earlier, according to the latest report from CMHC. The vacancy rate, meanwhile, slipped to 2.3 per cent from 2.5 per cent.Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail

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At $1,210, the average rent for a two-bedroom place was highest in Vancouver, up from $1,183 a year ago. The vacancy rate fell to 2.6 per cent from 2.8 per cent.Bayne Stanley/The Canadian Press

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Toronto rents were also sky-high, with a two-bedroom place going for an average $1,164 a month, up from $1,124 a year ago. The vacancy rate slipped to 1.5 per cent from 1.6 per cent.Michelle Siu/The Globe and Mail

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A two-bedroom place in Calgary rented for an average $1,113 in April of 2012, up from $1,040. The vacancy rate dropped sharply to 2.5 per cent from 3.4 per cent.Larry MacDougal/The Globe and Mail

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In Ontario’s Ottawa-Gatineau area, two-bedroom rentals were going for an average $1,104, up from $1,056. The vacancy rate was 2.1 per cent, up from 1.8 per cent.Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press

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Back on the West Coast, aspiring renters in Victoria needed to pay $1,046 for a two-bedroom place this spring, up $22 from a year earlier. The vacancy rate jumped to 3.5 per cent from 2.7 per cent.Martin De Valk/The Globe and Mail

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The average monthly rent for a two-bedroom place in Winnipeg rose to $901 from $843 in April of 2011. The vacancy rate climbed to 1.2 per cent from 0.7 per cent.Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

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An average two-bedroom rental in Regina went for $948, up from $897 in April of 2011. The vacancy rate was almost unchanged at 0.6 per centRoy Antal/The Globe and Mail

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In Halifax, the average rent for a two-bedroom pad rose to $926 in April from $885 a year ago. The vacancy rate rose to 3.2 per cent from 2.8 per cent.Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

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In Montreal, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment rose $5 to $708 a month. The vacancy rate fell to 2.2 per cent from 2.5 per cent last year.CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/Reuters

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The lowest average monthly rental in April of this year was in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, at $543 for a two-bedroom place, down $3 from a year earlier. The vacancy rate fell to 3.8 per cent from 4.2 per cent.Andre Forget/The Canadian Press

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