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Sask. Court of Appeal rules federal carbon tax is constitutional

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Sask. Court of Appeal rules federal carbon tax is constitutional

A slim majority on the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has ruled that the federal government’s national carbon-pricing system is constitutional. In a decision issued Friday, the court found that requiring a national price on carbon pollution fell within federal jurisdiction under the national concern branch of its peace, order and good government (POGG) power stipulated in the Canadian Constitution. This allows the federal government to legislate on matters of national importance that have a...

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Toronto – Vital Service Disruptions in Apartment Buildings

Posted in Association News, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Fire Safety, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Insurance, Legislation, Newsworthy

Toronto – Vital Service Disruptions in Apartment Buildings

Toronto’s Planning & Housing Committee meets tomorrow to discuss a Vital Service Disruptions in Apartment Buildings report.  The City emailed the details to your designated contact in their database, so you should have already received notice. The report “provides an update on measures being undertaken by the City of Toronto to respond to Council directives on apartment building safety issues identified in the St. Jamestown catchment area.“ We have all closely followed...

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U.S. Economy continues to make strides

Posted in Communications, Employment, Finance, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

U.S. Economy continues to make strides

The US economy is in its 10th year of expansion and there is no sign that it’s slowing down. The US Commerce Department report today that GDP rose to an annualized 3.2% in Q1 (January to March), adjusted for inflation and seasonality, marking it the strongest first quarter in 4 years. This was propelled by a dovish Federal Reserve, which has allowed the economy to heat up just a little more with their “easy money” rate outlook. Inflation was still reported below the Feds 2% annual...

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‘Unicorn sites’ touted to boost housing supply

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‘Unicorn sites’ touted to boost housing supply

Rental completions in Toronto hit a quarter-century high during Q1-2019, and it’s buoying hopes that the city might finally be on its way towards solving a critical supply problem. The 1,849 units were nearly five times the quarterly average going back to the first quarter of 2016, according to Urbanation, which furthermore noted that, considering there have only been 13,250 units built in 14 years, it is a considerable improvement. “While vacancy rates surveyed within purpose-built projects...

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Post-graduate housing complexes to arise in Montreal

Posted in CMHC, Communications, Development, Housing, Industry Trends, Student Housing

Post-graduate housing complexes to arise in Montreal

The federal and Quebec governments have announced the first of a series of new developments aimed at the growing post-graduate student demographic in Montreal. Woodnote Co-operative is slated to be a 90-unit affordable housing project, and it will herald the construction of over 160 affordable rental units in up to three separate developments across the city. “Post-secondary students in Quebec will soon have new affordable housing options thanks to a new funding model dedicated to creating...

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Bank of Canada abandons rate-hike bias amid economic slowdown

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Bank of Canada abandons rate-hike bias amid economic slowdown

Policy makers in Ottawa left their benchmark overnight rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent for a fourth straight decision Wednesday, and dropped a reference to future increases that had been in every rate statement since the end of 2017. While Poloz had been reluctant to fully discard the idea that his next step is likely higher — making him a bit of an outlier — Wednesday’s changes indicate policy makers now expect interest rates to remain on hold indefinitely as the economy copes...

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Housing Market Insight: Non-individual owned real estate

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Housing Market Insight: Non-individual owned real estate

CMHC’s latest Housing Market Insight (HMI) looks at the ownership of residential property (including vacant land) in British Columbia (B.C.), Ontario and Nova Scotia. Using data from Statistics Canada, the HMI shows, specifically, how much residential property is owned by individuals and non-individuals. Who are non-individual owners? Non-individual owners fall into separate categories according to various factors, including their legal status. They can be corporations, governments, sole...

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Luxury homeowners renting to avoid Vancouver’s EHT

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Luxury homeowners renting to avoid Vancouver’s EHT

Students and other renters in Vancouver are able to live in luxury thanks to Vancouver’s tax on vacant homes. Rather than pay the Empty Homes Tax, some owners of high-end homes are renting out their properties according to a report by Bloomberg, especially as sales have weakened. With wealthy Chinese owners pulling back and home prices impacted by the mortgage stress test, a growing number of owners are turning to the rental market where the vacancy rate has been near-zero. It’s easy to see...

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Rental Completions Reach 25-Year High in Q1-2019

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Rental Completions Reach 25-Year High in Q1-2019

Milder Rent Growth Emerges as Supply Increases The number of purpose-built rental apartments that began occupancy in the GTA in Q1-2019 reached a more than 25-year high of 1,849 units, which was nearly five times greater than the quarterly average since Q1-2016 and represented significant growth considering only 13,520 units have been built since 2005. Demand for the newly completed rental buildings was strong, with several projects leasing close to half of their units by the end of the...

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What Jason Kenney’s UCP victory in Alberta could mean for the rest of Canada

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What Jason Kenney’s UCP victory in Alberta could mean for the rest of Canada

After a bitter four-week campaign fraught with controversies and personal attacks, Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party has unseated Rachel Notley and the NDP in Alberta’s provincial election. The UCP win marks a return to centre-right politics for Alberta after Notley disrupted 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule with her win in 2015. It also marks the first time a government has failed to win a renewed mandate in the province on its first try. Holding on to 24 seats, Alberta’s NDP...

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