The average selling price of a home in Toronto is now just over C$1m ($790,000; £570,000) and in Vancouver, C$1.2m.
While the property value increases have been a benefit to current homeowners, it makes it a challenge for younger Canadians especially to gain a toehold in the market.
Rising prices have also been seen outside of big cities, driving up housing costs in bedroom communities and smaller towns.
All the main parties have made access to housing a key part of their pitch to voters, with commitments like building more homes and curtailing the purchase of property by non-Canadians.
While the focus during a campaign tends to be on the party leaders and who will be prime minister, under Canada’s system of government, it’s 338 separate races, with candidates in each of the country’s federal ridings (constituencies) from coast to coast to coasT