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Housing and transportation


Affordable Housing and Transportation

At a glance:

  • Average price of housing among the lowest in Québec
  • Vacancy rate for rental housing around 6%1
  • Several housing types available
  • Public transport service
  • Public transportation network with attractive pricing for students at Cégep de Sherbrooke (professional and vocational college), Séminaire de Sherbrooke (private high-school and professional and vocational college) and Université de Sherbrooke
  • Centre de mobilité durable de Sherbrooke (Centre forSustainable Mobility)
  • Airport
  • Urban cycling network

 

Housing

The Sherbrooke region offers highly diversified housing options in all 6 boroughs. Ranging from apartments in one of downtown’s historic buildings to charming waterfront or countryside homes, Sherbrooke offers an exceptional quality of life for every type of housing. Newly arrived residents are well served by a vast array of housing styles: single-family homes, luxury condos, co-op housing, historic apartments, post-industrial condos, townhouses, etc.

Housing figures in Sherbrooke

  • Vacancy rate for rental housing in the CMA of Sherbrooke (2015)1: 6%
  • Average rent for a 4 ½ (CMA – 2015)1:
    in Sherbrooke: $608
    in Gatineau: $751
    in Québec City: $788
    in Montréal: $760
  • Average property values 20152: $225,048
  • Average resale price of single-family homes 20153: $217,228
  • Occupant status (2006)2
    Rental: 50.6%
    Owner: 49.4%

 

Transportation

Sherbrooke is a city that is highly concerned with preserving the environment and with sustainable development.  As a result, Sherbrooke espoused its Sustainable Mobility Plan in February 2012.  Along with 35 organizations involved with transportation management in Sherbrooke, the Centre de mobilité durable de Sherbrooke (CMDS – Sustainable mobility centre) is implementing an action plan to transition users from private automobiles to other forms of transportation, be it active transportation (biking, walking etc.), public transportation or carpooling.

The Société de transport de Sherbrooke (STS – Sherbrooke’s Transit Corporation) provides public transit service to a 366.4 km2 territory in Sherbrooke’s 6 boroughs.

Students enrolled at the Cégep de Sherbrooke (professional and vocational school), at the Sherbrooke Seminary and at the Université de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke University) enjoy attractive rebates on the STS public transportation network.

STS also offers the Duo auto + bus in partnership with Communauto, which enables you to rent a car at an advantageous price.

The city’s bike network belongs to the Véloroute des Cantons (Eastern Township’s bike network) and the Trans Canada Trail.

Sherbrooke also benefits from complete inter-city transportation thanks to the bus company Limocar and carpooling services Allo Stop and Kangaride.

Twenty kilometers from downtown, the Sherbrooke airport is available for recreational, military and commercial customers. Open yearlong, it is well positioned for the Ontario/Maritimes/New England corridors.

 


Sources:
1 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
2 Institut de la statistique du Québec
3 Québec Federation of Real Estate Boards (QFREB)