The US housing market had a much needed correction. Canada's still hasn't, or at least not the market that I've seen with my own eyes over the past decade: Vancouver. There, the bubble remains completely unperturbed and rapidly inflating. My parents undistinguished townhouse in east Vancouver has risen in value almost four times since they bought it ~15 years ago, to almost a million dollars today. That's despite it being on leasehold land with the clock ticking until the government gets to take all the land and everything on it back. You can buy a comparable townhouse on freehold land in Seattle for about 1/3 of the price.
All of my friends from university are now working professionals, some making six figures, some married to partners that are also professionals. Not a single one of them has seriously contemplated buying a house in Vancouver, it is completely out of reach.
I had the chance to move to Vancouver for work (same job same company other end of the country) and after I factored in the cost of living, healthcare, food ect .. the decision was easily made. I said no. Rent was high as well, and with some quick searching for homes on the market, that dashed my hopes of ever owning a house there. I really like Vancouver, but damn it's very expensive. My salary was not going to increase enough to say those costs would be worth it.
Now I am looking at a place just outside of Ottawa. I'd love to own a small house on a good chunck of land, a few acres n such. It's not cheap, either way, it's just what your priorities are when you spend money on a house.