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Affordability worse for Canadians looking for rentals, report shows

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Affordability worse for Canadians looking for rentals, report shows

Data shows affordability for low-income Canadians looking for a place to rent is worse than reported in mid-July by the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The August National Rent Report,  produced by Rentals.ca and Bullpen Research & Consulting, shows that a Canadian making $13 an hour would have to work 62 hours a week to afford the average lower-cost rental, maintaining the recommended 30% rent to income ratio.  On the lower end of rental prices —  in the 10th...

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Edmonton rental market spurred by steady recovery in employment

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Edmonton rental market spurred by steady recovery in employment

Edmonton’s rental apartment segment is feeling ever-greater pressure from consistent growth in the region’s employment, according to a new analysis. In its Q3 2019 Multifamily Market Report covering the Greater Edmonton Area, Marcus & Millichap stated that in the 12 months ending June, developers completed work on 1,050 apartments in the city. As of mid-year, more than 2,300 purpose-built rentals were being constructed in response to heavy demand. Marcus & Millichap cited Alberta’s...

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“Ghost” Homes Across Canada: A Decade of Change in 150 Cities

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“Ghost” Homes Across Canada: A Decade of Change in 150 Cities

With over 1.3 million empty and temporarily occupied homes in 2016, Canada’s housing problem extends beyond foreign buyers jacking up prices and unaffordability taking over major cities. Speculation and short-term renting are the main culprits behind the high vacancy rates in places like Toronto and Vancouver. In many other cities across the country, falling population and fluctuations in the local economy drive the number of vacant homes up. In 2001, when the government first started...

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BC low-cost housing initiative to supply over a thousand new units

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BC low-cost housing initiative to supply over a thousand new units

As much as 1,500 affordable housing units will be built across British Columbia over the next five years, the provincial government announced. BC Housing, along with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, will be investing $75 million in the construction of 1,000 new units planned under the province’s Supportive Housing Fund, and 500 new units planned under the Women’s Transition Housing Fund. The memorandum of intent signed by BC Housing and CMHC will “help us ensure that more British...

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Developers can’t get enough of new Canada loans for rentals

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Developers can’t get enough of new Canada loans for rentals

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ramped up loans to boost rental housing in Canada and developers are snapping them up. Demand has been so hot for the low-cost loans from Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. that the government plans to increase the program to almost $14 billion over the next nine years. That’s up from $2.5 billion when it was launched in 2017. “I’ve been fielding a lot of calls,” Robyn Adamache, senior specialist of affordable housing for the housing agency, said by phone....

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Canada’s housing market sticks its soft landing: BMO

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Canada’s housing market sticks its soft landing: BMO

Canadian policymakers appear to have succeeded in bringing the country’s once-overheated housing market to a soft landing, according to a new report from BMO Capital Markets. “With few exceptions, the market has absorbed earlier measures and is now warming without overheating,” BMO senior economist Sal Guatieri wrote in the report released on Friday. In the most recent quarter, the value of home sales in most Canadian markets rose, after falling in four of the past five quarters and dragging...

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GTA new condo sales surge 77% in Q2

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GTA new condo sales surge 77% in Q2

Condominium sales in the Greater Toronto Area have rebounded, according to an Urbanation report. Surging 77% during the second quarter of 2019 over the period last year, there were 8,902 sales—the highest since Q2-2017 when there were 11,413 sales—and 10,848 presale units launched. As active as the market was in Q2, the same cannot be said for the first quarter of 2019, as total there were a total of 11,967 through the first two quarters of the year. It did, however, push the sales volume...

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Federal government commits $11.9 million for PEI affordable housing complex

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Federal government commits $11.9 million for PEI affordable housing complex

The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island have committed $11.9 million to finance the construction of a 60-unit affordable housing complex in the PEI capital of Charlottetown. The complex, called Martha’s Place, will be situated at 2 Acadian Drive in Charlottetown and will also house part-time social services from the Sisters of St. Martha. Fifty affordable units will be leased to the PEI Housing Corporation, who in turn, will lease the units to people on their wait list on a rent...

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5 ways the U.S. Federal Reserve’s rate cut affects Canadians

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5 ways the U.S. Federal Reserve’s rate cut affects Canadians

The U.S. Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point Wednesday, the first cut since the financial crisis. While Fed Chair Jerome Powell didn’t commit to further decreases, U.S. President Trump wasted no time hurling attacks at the central bank about the “disappointing” size of the cut. It might not seem apparent at first, but the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision has a significant impact on Canada and everyday Canadians. Here’s a look at how lower rates south of the...

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LGBTQ2S+ Housing Needs and Challenges

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LGBTQ2S+ Housing Needs and Challenges

The LGBTQ2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, plus) community in Canada faces unique challenges when it comes to housing. While progress has been made, many members of the LGBTQ2S+ community continue to face discrimination. Especially when accessing a safe, suitable and affordable place to call home. People who identify as LGBTQ2S+ have housing needs that are different from those of other Canadians. They need to consider how their housing will: affect their access to...

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