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Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) sentiment, which refers to residents opposing proposed developments in their local area, is a key challenge to solving the housing affordability crisis. Land for sale in Belleville, Ont., on March 1, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

From NIMBY to YIMBY: How localized real estate investment trusts can help address Canada’s housing crisis

By embracing local investment and governmental support, we can foster communities that are not only economically robust but also socially connected and supportive.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presents the federal budget in the House of Commons in Ottawa on April 16, 2024. The budget contains measures for younger Canadians seeking to buy homes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canadian federal budget 2024: Does it deliver on ‘generational fairness’ promise for Gen Z and Millennials?

The federal government says it’s committed to addressing the challenges faced by younger generations, including housing affordability and the high cost of living. Does the budget deliver on its promises?
Several tents were set up in October 2023 across from the Confederation Building in St. John’s, NL, to bring attention to the lack of affordable housing in the city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly

The private sector housing experiment has failed: Ottawa must now step up on social housing

There are many strategies needed simultaneously to address housing affordability in Canada. The expansion of social housing supply is a particularly effective one.
Sociology researchers at Temple University interviewed 61 Philadelphia baristas who work in gentrifying neighborhoods. Maskot/Getty Images

Are rents rising in your Philly neighborhood? Don’t blame the baristas

When it comes to gentrification, Philadelphia baristas say they’re ‘part of the problem.’ But as low-wage workers, where else should they live and work?
A city block in Charlottetown. Prince Edward Island is the only province that has full unit-based rent control. (Shutterstock)

4 affordable housing strategies that are working in Canada

Foreign cities can offer inspiration, but for practical solutions we should look at what’s already happening closer to home.
Blaming international students for Canada’s problems distracts attention away from finding genuine solutions. (Shutterstock)

International students are not to blame for Canada’s housing crisis

International students frequently face challenges finding suitable places to live. Instead of blaming them, the government should be helping them.

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