The Horgan government now says it will peg allowable rent increases to inflation, estimated at 2.5 per cent for 2019.
The owners of 67,000 lots currently zoned for single-family housing can now rebuild their homes as duplexes.
The imbalance between the number of available units and the number of would-be renters drives up rents.
It takes nearly two years, on average, to obtain building permits in Vancouver.
Typically, secondary suites can be cheaper to rent than apartments.
Toronto, Vancouver and other high-demand cities should focus on getting more housing built, at a quicker pace.
In 2016, average rents in Montreal were $835 a month compared to $1,242 in Toronto and just under $1,300 in Vancouver.