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Wood frame buildings could help alleviate ‘missing middle’ shortage

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Wood frame buildings could help alleviate ‘missing middle’ shortage

Wood frame buildings are not only bringing dynamism to Ontario’s landscape, they’re being touted as a way to develop “missing middle” housing in Toronto. “Wood frame is a gentle-density option,” said Joe Vaccaro, CEO of the Ontario’s Home Builders’ Association. “It’s that missing middle piece that you can bring into the right location to help people find a home where they can work, live and play. In our mind, it’s a great option as a new supply chain. There are also lots of transit areas with...

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First Ever Passive House High-Rise Retrofit In Canada Announced In Hamilton

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First Ever Passive House High-Rise Retrofit In Canada Announced In Hamilton

Seniors in Hamilton will soon have new affordable housing options thanks to the Ken Soble Tower transformation that will make this high-rise the first retrofit Passive House tower in Canada. On Wednesday in Hamilton, Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing and Urban Affairs), on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and...

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Alberta official questions data used in B.C. money laundering report

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Alberta official questions data used in B.C. money laundering report

A report commissioned for the government of British Columbia warned that money laundering in real estate is widespread across Canada – but a government official in Alberta is alleging that the conclusions are based on unreliable data. According to the report from former B.C. deputy attorney general Maureen Maloney, more than $7 billion in dirty money was laundered in the province in 2018, hiking the cost of buying a home by about 5%. The report also estimated that Alberta had $10 billion...

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Sizes of new condos in largest cities trending downward

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Sizes of new condos in largest cities trending downward

The median sizes of new condos in Vancouver and Toronto have been on a significant downward trajectory over the last few years, according to a Better Dwelling analysis of assessments and floor area numbers from Statistics Canada. Newly built units in Vancouver are approximately 16% smaller than the city’s peak condo size, which was seen between 1971 and 1991. A unit dating from 2016 to 2017 measured 769 square feet on average, around 3.6% smaller than a unit built between 2011 and 2015. The...

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New zoning bylaw could impel unprecedented growth

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New zoning bylaw could impel unprecedented growth

Toronto City Council can learn a thing or two from Newmarket Council after the latter approved a new zoning bylaw for its Urban Centres neighbourhood. The Urban Centres Zoning By-law for the Yonge St. and Davis Dr. area updates regulations surrounding permitted land uses, building heights, densities and right-sizing parking, and in doing so the Town of Newmarket hopes to attract business. “This will bring in almost 20 million square feet of mixed-use space literally overnight, so you can...

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Housing starts beat expectations, jumping 20%; condos, apartments up 30%

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Housing starts beat expectations, jumping 20%; condos, apartments up 30%

The pace of housing starts in Canada picked up in April as they rose more than 20 per cent compared with March, fuelled by the start of work on new multi-unit projects such as condominiums, apartments and townhouses. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Wednesday the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts increased to 235,460 units in April, up 22.6 per cent from 191,981 in March. Economists had expected an annual pace of 196,400, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. Priscilla...

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RioCan plans its first CMHC-backed financing for Toronto rental tower

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RioCan plans its first CMHC-backed financing for Toronto rental tower

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (REI_u.TO 0.43%) is planning to tap funding backed by Canada’s housing agency for the first time to help finance a rental building in Toronto, according to its chief executive officer. Toronto-based RioCan plans to borrow about $200 million of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.- backed financing from a bank for their 36-story rental tower at Yonge and Eglinton, dubbed eCentral. The company, Canada’s second largest REIT by market value, is still awaiting...

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B.C. says $5B laundered in housing market, pushing prices up 5%

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B.C. says $5B laundered in housing market, pushing prices up 5%

A report that estimates $5 billion was laundered through British Columbia’s real estate market last year also lifts the lid on the extent of illegal cash moving across Canada. Some $7.4 billion overall was laundered in B.C. in 2018, out of an estimated total of $47 billion in Canada, concluded the report by an expert panel led by former B.C. deputy attorney general Maureen Maloney. The report is one of two released Thursday and says B.C. ranks fourth for money laundering among a division...

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Ontario Government Announced its Housing Supply Action Plan: More Homes More Choice

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Ontario Government Announced its Housing Supply Action Plan: More Homes More Choice

The Honourable Steve Clark announced the provincial government’s Housing Supply Action Plan. The measures proposed will help get more purpose-built rental housing built in Ontario. It will reduce barriers to development by: Speeding up the development approvals process by reducing the costs of delayControlling fees and charges that must ultimately be paid by the renterUpdating policy to encourage more units in the right places, like transit hubs, and other places where density is both...

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Immigrant demand to fuel housing activity in the largest cities

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Immigrant demand to fuel housing activity in the largest cities

Immigrants, mostly young individuals and households, will account for a significant portion of renewed housing demand in Canada’s largest cities, according to RBC Economic Research. The millennial influx will be especially important in light of the increasingly important role that the tech industry is plating in Canadian real estate. Considering the nation’s status as a world leader in innovation, a significant portion of the demographic is expected to work in the technology sector. In 2018...

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