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Seniors housing touted as 2019’s safest investment

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Seniors housing touted as 2019’s safest investment

With seniors slated to comprise nearly a quarter of Canada’s population by 2030, real estate that caters to their needs is being touted as one of the most investment-friendly sectors this year. That’s in spite of a somewhat volatile interest rate environment that’s expected to carry through 2019, says Montreal-based Fred Blondeau, an analyst with Echelon Wealth Partners. “The sector should be able to generate significant growth no matter how interest rates evolve, so we’re putting more...

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Montreal prices accelerate as sales reach new record

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Montreal prices accelerate as sales reach new record

Home prices in Montreal continued to grow as sales reached new heights last month, according to the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board. The median price of a single-family home in the market increased by 7% on a year-over-year basis in December, reaching $327,450. Meanwhile, the median price of plexes grew by 8% during the same time frame to settle at $525,000, and that of condos by 3% to $272,863. These coincided with the market’s achievement of a new home sales record for December, growing...

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Webequie First Nation completes multiple housing projects

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Webequie First Nation completes multiple housing projects

The federal government announced the completion of recent housing projects in the indigenous community of Webequie First Nation in Ontario. Bob Naulat, MP for Kenora, on behalf of the Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, joined Chief Cornelius Wabasse and the community of Webequie First Nation to celebrate the completion of several recent housing projects. These include 14 new modular homes, two new four-plexes, five single-family homes, and renovations to 14 existing homes. The...

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Calgary housing market ‘remarkably resilient’ despite low oil prices

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Calgary housing market ‘remarkably resilient’ despite low oil prices

Calgary’s housing market has fared fairly well despite record-low oil prices that have plagued the country’s energy sector in recent months, according to real estate firm Royal LePage. “Calgary [has been] remarkably resilient in one way,” Phil Soper, the president and chief executive officer of Royal LePage told BNN Bloomberg in an interview Friday, noting prices are about 10 per cent off their 2014 peak. In its latest home price survey released Friday, Royal LePage said all cities in Alberta...

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Amazon should disrupt gas stations, says Wall Street’s biggest bull

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Amazon should disrupt gas stations, says Wall Street’s biggest bull

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN.O 5.01%) is a dominant player in industries as diverse as cloud computing, streaming media, and of course e-commerce, but the next business it should set its sights on is decidedly more old fashioned: gas stations. That view comes courtesy of DA Davidson, which wrote that the company could benefit from expanding its portfolio of physical stores — which already includes “pop-up” stores and the Whole Foods grocery chain — as “another means for it to advance its...

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Economists renew prediction for lower interest rates for Canada in 2019

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Economists renew prediction for lower interest rates for Canada in 2019

Ahead of the Bank of Canada’s first policy meeting of the year, scheduled for next week, Capital Economics is back at it again. The notoriously bearish economic research firm is predicting, once more, that the central bank will slash interest rates this year. It’s the exact opposite of what most observers are calling for. “For now, as we expect the Bank’s forecasts to be… more upbeat than our own, we would not be surprised if the Bank of Canada continues to argue that it needs to raise...

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CPP and corporate income tax changes

Posted in Communications, Employment, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Legal, Newsworthy, Tax Law

CPP and corporate income tax changes

Effective January 1, 2019, employers of all sizes need to deduct a slightly larger contribution to the Canada Pension Plan from their employees’ paycheques, and to make a slightly larger employer contribution themselves. The contribution rate is up from 4.95% to 5.10%, the same as the new employer’s contribution. The federal Finance Department estimates that the average additional contribution will be $81 per year from each of the employee and the employer. In gradual increments, the...

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Top Canadian News Stories of 2018

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Top Canadian News Stories of 2018

10- ROYAL WEDDING CTV London bureau correspondent Daniele Hamamdjian kicks off the top 10 countdown on Dec. 23, with a look back at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s extraordinary wedding. Hamamdjian reflects on the spectacle that attracted millions of viewers, the star-studded ceremony and the drama surrounding the former actress’s family. 9- TORONTO HOMICIDES This has been an especially deadly year in Toronto, with the city notching more than 90 homicides so far amidst a spate of brazen...

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Toronto due for double-digit market rent increase in 2019

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Toronto due for double-digit market rent increase in 2019

Toronto landlords with vacant units could enjoy as much as an 11% hike in rent next year. That’s according to Rentals.ca’s National Rent Report, which only studied empty units and also forecasted that rents nationwide would increase 6% in 2019. Ben Myers, president of Bullpen Research & Consulting Inc., notes that the breakdown in Toronto is pretty evenly split between purpose-built rental apartments, which skew older, and newer condominium rental units. He also says that Toronto...

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Does rent control stifle construction? Until there’s more data, the jury’s still out

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Does rent control stifle construction? Until there’s more data, the jury’s still out

But evidence mounts that demand-side measures are ineffective.  Ontario has done yet another somersault on rent control regulations. Premier Doug Ford’s government recently reversed the stringent rent control regulations that were enforced last year by the Liberals. Under the revised regulations, new or previously unoccupied rental units will no longer be subject to rent control. Existing tenants in purpose-built or private rentals will continue to be protected. The change in regulation...

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