Some places in Canada keep getting more expensive to live in, especially when it comes to housing. To make matters worse, how much Canadians spend on rent is nearing the unaffordable level in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, people in those provinces spend the highest portion of their income on rent.\nThe Canadian Rental Housing Index has a new tool that allows Canadians to explore information about rental housing and its affordability across the country.\nYou can filter all the information by different areas like federal electoral districts, provinces and territories, regions or municipalities.\nThe Canadian average of the portion of income spent on rent and utilities is 23 percent. Most provinces come in at that percentage or just slightly under and all the territories come in under the national average by a lot.\nAccording to the index, "housing is typically considered affordable if a household spends less than 30 percent of its before-tax income on rent plus utilities."\nIn Ontario, the average amount of income spent on rent and utilities is 25 percent. That being said, almost half of Ontarians spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent and utilities.\nView this post on Instagram Soak up this breathtaking view of the Toronto skyline from Centre Island. 👉 Get there there via the Centre Island ferry which departs every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays. 📷 @jtijsseklasen 📍 @seetorontonow A post shared by Ontario Travel (@ontariotravel) on Aug 1, 2019 at 7:01am PDT\nNova Scotia is only slightly behind Ontario with people there spending 24 percent of their income on rent and utilities though the average cost of rent in the province is only $909.\nAcross the country, fewer people rent than they own but still, renting is bordering on unaffordable on average in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Other provinces could also get to that level and the national average is far too close to that unaffordable 30 percent for comfort.\nB.C. comes in right at the national average with 23 percent and all of the other provinces hover at 23 or just below that.\nView this post on Instagram The beautiful sunrise in Cambridge Bay. Plan and book a trip here www.travelnunavut.ca #sunrise #nunavut #discoveryournunavut #photography A post shared by Travel Nunavut (@travelnunavut) on Feb 13, 2019 at 8:38am PST\nPeople in Nunavut come in significantly under the national average when it comes to how much of their income is spent on rent and utilities with only nine percent.\nThe Northwest Territories and Yukon are slightly higher than that but still lower than the national average with 15 and 19 percent, respectively.\nView this post on Instagram Fernie, we have patio envy. . Where is your favourite patio in BC? Photo by @findingvmo at @bigbangbagels in Fernie. . Exploring BC this summer? We want to follow along! Tag us with #exploreBC, we feature our favourites. #exploreBC #exploreCanada #KootRocks #ferniestoke A post shared by Destination British Columbia (@hellobc) on Aug 2, 2019 at 8:22am PDT\nWhile people from Ontario and Nova Scotia spend the highest percentage of their income on rent and utilities, the highest average price for rent plus utilities in the country is in Alberta followed closely by B.C.\nThe national average is $1,002 and Alberta tops that with $1,279 as the average cost of rent and utilities. In B.C. it's $1,148.\nFor those with lower incomes, almost all of Canada is severely unaffordable meaning that people spend more than 50 percent of their income on rent and utilities. The only exception to that is in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.