Long and uncertain building permit approval timelines make it more difficult to build in cities like Toronto.
On average, it takes more than 15 months to get a permit to build a new housing unit in Vancouver.
Council and community groups represent strongest deterrent to homebuilding in Toronto.
Average house prices up almost 140 per cent in Calgary and more than 160 per cent in Edmonton.
If taxing foreign buyers affects demand for homes in some cities, where might that demand migrate to?
In some major metropolitan areas in Canada, housing supply is not keeping up with demand.
Long and uncertain approval timelines for building permits are helping slow growth of housing stock in Vancouver.
Reforming the minutiae of the building permit process might not seem exciting, but it can encourage homebuilding and affect prices.
Fortunately, municipalities control many of the factors that determine housing supply growth.
Cutting local red tape will increase housing stock and reduce prices in Toronto, Vancouver and beyond
Housing tends to be less scarce, and less expensive, in markets where homebuilders are less constrained by geography or regulations.