housing

Governments should care what Ontario homebuilders think about regulation

Affordability in Toronto has eroded to an all-time low, with prices jumping by more than 50 per cent in the past five years.

Make housing more affordable: Increase supply

When I first came to Alberta a quarter-century ago, vacancy rates in Calgary and Edmonton exceeded 10 per cent. In Edmonton, where I lived in 1988, landlords often gave one month free on an already cheap 12-month lease. Sometimes utilities and cable were included.

Surprising potential in Vancouver's affordable housing plan

With housing prices at an all-time high in Vancouver, there was a lot of buzz about the interim report of the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability. While the Task Force acknowledged the need to streamline and create more certainty and clarity in the regulatory process, the City of Vancouver will need to significantly reduce land-use restrictions and the regulatory burden on developers to truly help make housing more affordable.

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