Although various groups have debated the extent of Halifax’s rental crisis, data from the 2018 Canadian Rental Housing Index shows rental prices in Nova Scotia are pushing families to the brink.

The numbers highlight an issue that plagues the province but more specifically Halifax, which sees roughly one in five renter households spending more than half their income on housing and utilities.

The index, which was led by the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association but included national partners, found that Nova Scotia’s rental market is the fourth unhealthiest in Canada. The province also ranks as the most unhealthy rental market in Atlantic Canada.