Josef Filipowicz

Senior Policy Analyst, Fraser Institute

Josef Filipowicz is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Centre for Municipal Studies at the Fraser Institute. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University. His work with the Fraser Institute includes the New Homes and Red Tape series focusing on the regulatory landscape surrounding home-building in Canada’s municipalities, as well as analysis of the impact land-use regulation has on the housing supply in Canada’s largest cities. Mr. Filipowicz’s work has been featured in news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, and Vancouver Sun. He continues to work on urban issues including housing, municipal finance, and governance.

Recent Research by Josef Filipowicz

— Apr 27, 2017
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New Homes and Red Tape in British Columbia 2017

New Homes and Red Tape in British Columbia: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Lower Mainland finds that The City of Vancouver is the most heavily regulated municipality in the Lower Mainland for residential development and is stifling new homebuilding. The survey of homebuilders ranks 19 of the region’s municipalities when it comes to residential development regulations.

— Oct 25, 2016
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New Homes and Red Tape in Alberta: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor

New Homes and Red Tape in Alberta: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor finds that the City of Calgary is stifling new home builds with burdensome red tape, compared to more development-friendly suburbs. Permit approval times in Calgary for residential developments average a staggering 13.5 months, compared to an average of 7.5 months for five of the city’s suburbs. Edmonton ranked sixth out of 12 municipalities in this updated survey of developers in terms of homebuilding regulations, and Calgary ranked tenth.

— Oct 4, 2016
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New Homes and Red Tape in Ontario: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Amid ongoing concerns about housing affordability in Southern Ontario, New Homes and Red Tape in Ontario: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Greater Golden Horseshoe is an annual survey of homebuilders ranking municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe on several categories of red tape (construction approval times, timeline uncertainty, regulatory costs and fees, rezoning prevalence and the effect council and community groups have on development). The survey —which is part of a broader effort to understand the effects of land-use regulation on Canadian housing supply — finds that the cost of complying with residential development regulations in Toronto is more than twice as expensive than in Hamilton.