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Featured Research

REPORT

Are more homes all Canada really needs?

Steve Pomeroy, Executive Advisor and Industry Professor at CHEC-CCRL recently submitted a report to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation on the proposed Housing Accelerator Fund. Pomeroy finds that today’s dearth of affordable homes is not new but something that Canadians contended with in the 1970s as well. Pomeroy also notes that Canada is adding new supply, but it is just not affordable. Therefore, he suggests, that a fund that accelerates home building will help the affordability crisis only if it stipulates that these new units be financially attainable to those in need. In 1975 the Federal Housing Action Plan did just that to good results. In this case it would be nice if history did, in fact, repeat itself. Please see the full report here. Available in French upon request.

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Dirty Money in Canadian Housing

High demand and increasing housing prices combined with weak regulations have made Canadian real estate an attractive hub to launder dirty money.

In this webinar, presented by Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC) and the Canadian Housing Evidence Collaborative (CHEC), the speakers discuss the extent of money laundering through housing in Canada and what solutions look like to make the national housing climate a fairer space for all.

Housing First policy

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Secondary Suites, Second Thoughts

Bon Swanson presents an overview of emerging research at the University of Albert that asks the question “Are secondary suites an affordable and appropriate method of providing affordable housing to low-income Canadians, particularly as a stop-gap between the demand that exists for Community Housing and the supply of subsidized units?”

Latest Research

Report: Home-Making and Tenancy Sustainability, by Alexandra Stout.

This report focuses on rental tenants’ ability to perform home-making practices and the subsequent effects on tenancy sustainability. It includes an original analysis of landlords’ and tenants’ rights vis-a-vis home-making practices in two Canadian provinces: Alberta and British Columbia.

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Report: LGBTQ2 Vulnerability in the Canadian Housing Sector, by Kenna McDowell

This research focuses on the experiences of LGBTQ2 people within the Canadian housing sector.

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Best Evidence Podcast

PODCAST

Does Evidence Influence Policy?

With Molly Harrington And Norm Helfand

An evidence-based approach to decision-making is often pushed by concerned sectors of society. Yet one has to ask: To what extent does evidence influence public policy?

POCAST

Making Rent Control Work

Prince Edward Island, unlike other provinces, has unit-based rent control, with rent being tied to the units instead of the tenant. However, there is no formal mechanism to know what rent was paid by a previous tenant, despite a provincial bill passed to establish one in 2019.

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LGBTQ2 Vulnerability In Housing

With Kenna McDowell

How do we solve the issue of LGBTQ2 vulnerability in housing? 

Canadian Housing Course

Learn the fundamentals and advance your career in the growing field of Canadian Housing.

Blog Posts

Media Release re: Violence Against Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Women experienced more frequent, and often more severe, violence during the pandemic, creating new challenges for violence against women services and their clients, a newly-released study has found.

Applying an Intersectional Lens to Older Persons Experiencing Homelessness

Five student researchers from the Aging in the Right Place (AIRP) Project came together recently to engage in a discussion on intersectionality, what it means, and how it can be applied to older persons experiencing homelessness (OPEH) or housing insecurity.

Housing in Budget 2022: lots of words, but very few homes

It’s very disappointing that for the third budget in a row this government has ignored the analysis and calls to address of the single most critical issue in the rental market – the substantial and ongoing erosion of existing moderate rent properties.

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