News & Analysis
Stay informed with the latest news, and our rights-based analysis of critical housing issues impacting communities across Canada.
A Primer on Financialization of Housing in Canada
20 Sep 2023 – The financialization of housing and its impact on a growing cross section of Canadians has been a notable focus in public discourse, but financialization is an idea that can be hard to understand. In this article, we provide an overview of the complex housing policy issue and its key characteristics, how financialized housing markets came to be in the 1970s, 80, and 90s, the subsequent consequences if financialization in the 2000s, 10s and 20s, and our vision for a path forward to address housing affordability and mitigate the impacts of financialization in Canada.
Conditional orders: A tool to make eviction a last resort in Manitoba
16 Aug 2023 – Conditional orders are an essential tool that can be used to make eviction a last resort in Manitoba. Yet their use has dramatically declined since 2010, which has severe implications for housing security and human rights. The Residential Tenancies Branch, governments, landlords and renters all have a role to play to ensure that eviction is treated as a last resort.
Housing policy news: July 2023
28 Jul 2023 – Highlights: A new report by the CCPA shows that rents are drastically rising beyond what minimum wage earners can afford; New Brunswick proposes inclusionary zoning regulation; Quebec mayors call on the province to do more to curb unwarranted rent increases; and the government of Manitoba launches new initiatives to address homelessness
Proportionality: A legal framework to make eviction a last resort in Canada
13 Jul 2023 – Eviction is a blunt instrument which has devasting impacts on renter households. Proportionality is an important legal framework that can be used to ensure that eviction is always treated as a last resort.
Housing policy news: June 2023
5 Jul 2023 – Highlights: New data shows low-income renters and new tenants face disproportionate challenges with housing affordability; Advocates call for more public housing in Nova Scotia; Toronto elected Olivia Chow as its new mayor; and Calgary City Council supports recommendations made by its Housing Task Force to address the city’s housing affordability challenges.