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Bird_Gunner45 said:Look at the costs of living in Edmonton vs Gagetown or Ottawa vs. Petawawa. Throwing a large number of service members into more expensive urban centres would in all likelihood make the majority of families worse off than if they remained in the more austere postings.
Unfortunately, the cost of living in Petawawa, in relation to it's size and available amenities, is also quite high. (As far as houses go - utilities, taxes and shopping are reasonable enough) Soldiers have, in large part contributed to the ridiculous rise of housing costs. Yes, lack of homes also dictates that prices will be higher with demand being high, but most soldiers who get posted here will turn around in 4-6 years get posted out, and they all want to make a nice profit on their home. I own a beautiful 4 bedroom home with a large lot that I paid $265,000 for this year. It's original purchase price in 1991 as a new build was $121,000. I checked around Ontario on MLS out of curiosity and found that my style of home sells in the $190-$220k range in cities like Barrie, Cornwall, London or Kitchener. With such a high turnover rate of homes every year in Petawawa, the prices keep seeming to soar. Eventually it'll bottom out though!