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Vancouver to build new affordable homes

The City of Vancouver’s Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) is taking steps to build 400 new affordable homes on four city-owned sites worth $50 million. These sites
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Affordable housing coming to Vancouver

A new affordable housing development spanning four Vancouver sites is currently under construction, with the first 48 homes scheduled for completion next March.

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Ontario opens way to inclusionary zoning

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.

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Ontario’s long-term affordable housing strategy

The government of Ontario has announced it will be introducing a suite of legislative and policy measures, and investing $178 million over three years, to ensure that the people of Ontario have access to affordable and adequate housing.
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Tackling B.C.’s affordable housing deficit

The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) is concerned that the budget isn't doing enough to address B.C.'s affordable housing deficit, despite it looking good on paper.
A variety of low, medium and high rise social housing types in north London, England.High rise apartments tower over local authority housing and flats amidst a splash of green trees. The tower blocks are lit by the evening sun against a backdrop of ominous black storm clouds

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Tenant blowback hits heat recovery ventilation

Recent data analysis from the United Kingdom's Building Performance Evaluation program questions the suitability of some types of energy-saving technology for affordable housing projects.
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U.S. lobbyists raise rental housing issues

Rental housing issues figure prominently among the Institute of Real Estate Management's (IREM) U.S. public policy priorities for 2016.

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An affordable remedy to a national crisis

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...
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Boosting Canada’s low-income rental market

Affordability is a concern for many Canadians, but low-income rental households face the greatest set of challenges. With the federal election fast approaching, party leaders have been busy unveiling plans to tackle what is being dubbed an “affordable housing crisis.”
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Harper pledges to help first-time home buyers

Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled a pledge Wednesday to raise the Home Buyers’ Plan withdrawal limit from $25,000 to $35,000 if re-elected.
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Reinvesting in Toronto’s aging rental towers

The Tower Renewal Project is a program to drive broad environmental, social, economic, and cultural change by improving Toronto's concrete apartment towers and the neighbourhoods that surround them. Home to a million people across the GTA, now is the time to reinvest in these vertical communities that have huge potential.

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FRPO proposes affordable housing action plan

In a recent post to members, the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) calls on the government to work in partnership with the rental housing industry to help stimulate investment in affordable housing.

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Addressing Ontario’s affordable housing crisis

Ontario’s affordable housing wait list continued to swell in 2014 with more than 3,600 applying for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) accommodations.
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T.O. initiative to pave way for affordable housing

A new initiative designed to encourage the development of affordable housing was recently unveiled by Toronto Mayor John Tory. Known as the City of Toronto’s Open Door Initiative, the approach includes a four-piece plan to unlock opportunities on private, public and non-profit land, accelerate the planning-approval process, reduce construction costs through expanded City financial incentives, and challenge the government and developers to increase their affordable housing development efforts.
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Private rental sourced for subsidized units

Quebec pledges more rent supplements to boost its affordable housing supply.
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Affordable seniors housing planned for Alberta

A 62-unit affordable seniors housing facility in Innisfail, Alta. will be demolished to make way for a new and improved building, slated for completion in 2018. The $17.6-million development, known as Autumn Glen Lodge, will contain 60 affordable units, 30 of which will be reserved for seniors.


Affordable condominium project opens in T.O.

A new condominium development, designed to offer affordable home ownership opportunities for Toronto residents, has officially opened at 35 Saranac Blvd. in Toronto, Ont. The 341-unit project, known as Cranbrooke Village, was financed through the City of Toronto’s Home Ownership Assistance Program (HOAP) in collaboration with Options for Homes and sister organization Home Ownership Alternatives.