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Ontario Premier Doug Ford talks to the media on a construction site in Brampton, Ont., in May 2022. Later in the year, the Ford government justified its adoption of sweeping housing legislation and the opening of parts of the Greater Toronto Area Greenbelt for development, stating that it was needed to address “the housing supply crisis.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Has Ontario’s housing ‘plan’ been built on a foundation of evidentiary sand?

Evidence suggests that Ontario neither had a shortage of pre-authorized housing starts to accommodate its growing population, nor did it have a shortage of designated land to build such homes.
A new act in Canada bans non-citizens, non-permanent residents and foreign commercial enterprises from buying Canadian residential properties. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s ban on foreign homebuyers is unlikely to affect housing affordability

Since foreign owners only represent a tiny segment of the housing market, it’s unlikely that Canada’s new ban on foreign homebuyers will make homes more affordable for Canadians.
By living a simple life that is fully contained in a vehicle, van dwellers are able to head out on a new adventure whenever they choose. (Shutterstock)

Why some people choose to live the nomadic van lifestyle

For some people, the decision to live in a vehicle is a choice with the goal of being free and self-sufficient to live how and where they want.
Today’s low-income housing developments, like this one in St. Louis, are of a much higher quality than those of the past. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Building subsidized low-income housing actually lifts property values in a neighborhood, contradicting NIMBY concerns

The concentration of subsidized low-income housing developments isn’t as bad as residents fear: It actually increases property values – at a faster rate than other neighborhoods.
Tents line the sidewalk on East Hastings Street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Cities like Vancouver should not clear encampments when people have nowhere else to go. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

If cities don’t want homeless encampments they should help people, not punish them

Cities are clearing homeless encampments, sometimes violently, without providing those who live there any alternatives. Long-term solutions are needed to help people off the streets.
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The market has failed to give Australians affordable housing, so don’t expect it to solve the crisis

While the Productivity Commission’s critique of the national housing agreement is justified, its faith in the market is not. The Albanese government is right to invest in building social housing.
Housing policy-makers should pay attention not only to how much housing is available and how often rental units turn over, but to residential stability and the quality of life that homes and neighbourhoods provide. (Shutterstock)

More housing supply isn’t a cure-all for the housing crisis

Unaffordability is only one type of housing vulnerability that has taken its toll on British Columbians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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