News & Analysis
Stay informed with the latest news, and our rights-based analysis of critical housing issues impacting communities across Canada.
Housing policy news: January 2024
5 Feb 2024 – Highlights: CMHC seeks proposals to establish an Indigenous-led National Indigenous Housing Centre; Federal Housing Advocate and Nunatsiavut Inuit call for improved housing conditions for Labrador Inuit; Hamilton passes first anti-renoviction bylaw in Ontario, as other municipalities consider similar approaches; and NDP rent cap proposal rejected by Alberta government as rents rise fastest in the country.
Renters are paying the price of Canada’s housing crisis. Here are their stories.
19 Jan 2024 – Across Canada, years of drastic increases to rental housing costs have put renters at the centre of a housing affordability crisis. Here we bring you a snapshot of some of the challenging realities faced by Canada’s renters.
Housing Policy News: Top Stories of 2023
11 Jan 2024 – Highlights: Canada’s first Review Panel examined the impacts of the financialization of rental housing; Halifax established a rental property registry; the City of Toronto hired its first Deputy Ombudsman responsible to investigate systemic housing issues, Alberta’s official opposition proposed a rent cap bill; and the Federal Housing Advocate says poor Inuit housing conditions are a ‘direct result of colonialism’
How weak rent regulations are failing to provide secure homes for renters in Canada
13 Dec 2023 – Protections against excessive rent increases vary widely in provincial and territorial laws, and renters are not adequately protected against rent gouging anywhere in Canada. Here we provide a breakdown of how each province and territory treats rent regulation, and their shortcomings in ensuring that renters have a secure place to call home.
Ontario’s Bill 134: Making housing less affordable
6 Dec 2023 – On December 4, 2023, the Ontario government passed Bill 134, the “Affordable Homes and Good Jobs Act, 2023.” Here we explore development charge exemptions, their impact on the market-based definition of affordable rent, and how Bill 134 will make housing less affordable for low to moderate income households in Ontario.