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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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
Best Evidence 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?
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.
LGBTQ2 Vulnerability In Housing
With Kenna McDowell
How do we solve the issue of LGBTQ2 vulnerability in housing?
Canadian Housing Course
Written by: Patricia Streich, Housing Consultant & Researcher Canada’s 2017 National Housing Strategy (NHS) declared that all Canadians have a right to housing: people deserve a place to live that they can afford with 30% of their incomes. Non-profit...
It seems that my article on the factors contributing to excessive home price increases has generated considerable debate – most notably by those who assert the problem is lack of supply. Unlike many other articles, I sought to use data and evidence to challenge this view.
Current housing-related programs and policies implemented across Canada do not consider gender in an appropriate and effective manner (gender-blind).