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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.
People line up to take part in a Canada Day citizenship ceremony before the start of a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox in Toronto on Canada Day, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

What’s behind the dramatic shift in Canadian public opinion about immigration levels?

The number of Canadians who believe there is too much immigration to Canada rose sharply in 2023. Why have public opinions changed so much in the last year?
A man walks past graffiti that reads ‘Rent Strike.’ Last week, hundreds of tenants in Toronto organized what they are calling the largest rent strike in the city’s history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

How corporate landlords are eroding affordable housing — and prioritizing profits over human rights

A major factor driving our housing crisis is a shift toward corporate-owned buildings. Today’s guest, Prof. Nemoy Lewis, explains how we got here.
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.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford plows a field with a tractor at the recent 2023 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, in Bowling Green, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario’s Greenbelt is safe for now, but will the scandal alter Doug Ford’s course?

The Greenbelt fiasco has been an enormous distraction from the challenges facing the Greater Toronto Area — and it’s doubtful the Ford government will significantly change its approach.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced a reversal of his government’s decision to open parts of the Greenbelt to developers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tara Walton

Doug Ford reverses Greenbelt plans: Construction would never have provided affordable housing

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plan to allow developers to build projects on parts of the Greenbelt was under the auspices of providing additional housing. But it would never have been affordable.
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.
As July temperatures soared to triple digits, hundreds of homeless people lived on the street outside Phoenix’s largest shelter. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Shelters can help homeless people by providing quiet and privacy, not just a bunk and a meal

As US cities struggle to reduce homelessness, two scholars explain how planners can reform shelter design to be more humane and to prioritize mental health and well-being.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks to journalists at the Ontario legislature in Toronto in August 2023, amid the growing Greenbelt scandal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Why is Doug Ford doubling down amid Ontario’s Greenbelt scandal?

The Greenbelt scandal is among the most serious of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s years in office. So why is he pressuring developers to accelerate construction on Greenbelt lands?
Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks during a news conference in Mississauga, Ont., on Aug. 11, 2023, two days after a scathing auditor general report into the Greenbelt. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Doug Ford’s Greenbelt scandal: The beginning of the end of his years in power?

Ontario’s Doug Ford government engages in a casual approach to decision-making that regards normal governance processes as nothing but delay-inducing red tape.
Image courtesy of the Housing for the Aged Action Group

Ageing in a housing crisis: growing numbers of older Australians are facing a bleak future

An ageing population is caught in a perfect storm of rising house prices and rents, falling home ownership rates, mortgage debt carried into retirement, insecure rentals and a lack of social housing.

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