What home means to Canadians
A word cloud show the top responses of Canadians when asked what "home" means to them.

Although much real estate news fixates on finances, when a Century 21 survey recently asked Canadians to describe what home means to them, residents sang a different tune.

The top 10 ways Canadians define home:

  1. Family
  2. Comfort
  3. Safe
  4. Place
  5. Love
  6. Live
  7. Warmth
  8. Relaxing
  9. Peace
  10. Happiness

“The personal value of a house is embedded in Canadian culture, which is clearly seen in our high ownership rate,” says Brian Rushton, executive vice-president, Century 21 Canada.



The company says the country was united in their top definitions of what home means. British Columbians added a social aspect to their list, as the only province to list “friend” in their top 10. Quebec was the only region to list the practical term “investment” in their top 10,  ranking it third. The title of most creative region goes to Ontario, where residents used nearly 90 unique terms to define what home means to them.

It wouldn’t be a Canadian survey without room for humour, says Century 21. Some entertaining and brutally honest home definitions included:

  • An escape from people
  • Sweatpants
  • Kitty
  • No strata fees
  • Awesome