FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John’s apartment vacancy rates grew by more than a percentage point to 12.7 per cent in 2021, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation annual rental market report was collected.

On average, renters paid $941 a month, an increase from $914 in 2020.

A two-bedroom apartment cost an average of $1,048 a month last year, and a one-bedroom suite was priced at an average of $747.

For townhouses, the vacancy rates fell to 8.6 per cent from 10.1 in 2020, and the average monthly rent went up $37 to $1,026.

Families living in a two-bedroom townhouse paid an average of $974 and $1,125 for three bedrooms.

South of the Peace River, Dawson Creek apartment vacancy rates fell to 9.5 per cent last year, compared to 12.3 in 2020.

The average rent for an apartment was $902 a month, a slight increase from $896 year-over-year.

Provincially, the overall vacancy rates sat at 1.4 per cent in 2021, up a whole percentage point from 2020.

All data in the market report was collected in October 2021.