The newly adopted plan sets out a two-part strategy to ensure that new buildings are as energy-efficient as possible and, perhaps more contentiously, do not rely on natural gas for space heating and hot water supply.
New inclusionary zoning legislation in Ontario could soon give municipalities the power to require that builders include affordable housing units in all new residential developments. If passed, the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016, will be the first of its kind in Canada and could take effect in early 2017, if not sooner.
A spate of condo blazes in Alberta has reignited conversations about the perennial fire safety risk posed by cigarettes in multi-residential buildings.
Beyond the occupier's duty of care — a responsibility that property owners bear toward inhabitants, visitors and trespassers — landlords are also employers subject to health and safety regulations.
Affordable housing shortages for working Canadians have hit critical levels in most major cities across Canada. For years, grim statistics of growing waitlists far outpacing the number of affordable rental units under construction have made headlines nation-wide. Despite the alarming numbers, not much in the way of viable, sustainable solutions have been presented. That is, until now...
An energy reporting requirement for large buildings is likely coming to Toronto. The only question is: Will it come from the city or from the province?
Ontario’s affordable housing wait list continued to swell in 2014 with more than 3,600 applying for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) accommodations.
Barrie condo owners might soon get relief from “paying double” for garbage collection. City Council has agreed to cost into its 2015 budget either rebating
Property owners and managers may eventually face not only frustrated residents and tenants when elevators have to be taken offline, but also a time limit
Condo boards and staff can't restrict political canvassers from reasonably accessing condominiums during municipal, provincial or federal elections.
TCHC CEO Gene Jones resigns due to scandal. But the troubled CEO has found a defender in Mayor Rob Ford and a vocal group of tenants.
The number of Toronto priority neighbourhoods may rise to 31 from 22, due to changes in the criteria that the city uses to determine at-risk areas.
As Toronto prepares to phase in updates to its Green Standard, some building industry members have concerns about ...
Hamilton’s controversial plan to license rental housing will not be moving forward, much to the relief of many in the ...
The Liberal government is going to review the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) appeals process, beginning with consultations in the coming months.
Toronto’s leadership in the industry is due to the fact that green roofs are not only encouraged but mandatory.
Toronto’s harmonized zoning bylaw draft is nearing completion and City staff is optimistic the rules will meet the approval of both Toronto council and property owners. But they may have reason to be wary; the City’s previous attempt at a ...