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Ontario Government Lines Up New Toronto Transit Plan

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Ontario Government Lines Up New Toronto Transit Plan

Premier Doug Ford along with some cabinet colleagues announced that the Province of Ontario would build a new rapid-transit project through central and east-end Toronto that it’s dubbing “the Ontario Line“. The proposal is the keystone of a $28.5 billion plan to expand “Ontario’s” transit network for which the province is committing $11.2 billion, and is hoping the federal and municipal governments will come on board for the rest. Three suburban York Region...

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Even more new condo projects are stalling all over the Vancouver area

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Even more new condo projects are stalling all over the Vancouver area

Lower Mainland condos are stuck in neutral. Earlier this year, researchers at MLA Advisory predicted BC developers would hold off on launching some Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley condo projects until the market recovers. In the first quarter, developers brought 2,950 new units to market, down 40 percent from the 4,825 condos launched same time last year, according to MLA Advisory, the research branch of condo-marketing firm MLA. “The first quarter of 2019 saw a number of project delays as...

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Canadian Electricity Providers Say At Least 20,000 New Workers Needed By 2022 To Keep Country’s Power On

Posted in Communications, Employment, Finance, Industry Trends, Utility Management

Canadian Electricity Providers Say At Least 20,000 New Workers Needed By 2022 To Keep Country’s Power On

Workers under 25 account for fewer than one in 20 employees in the sector. Canada’s electricity providers say they need to appeal to a younger and more diverse workforce if they’re going to keep the country’s lights on. A new report on the industry’s labour needs from Electricity Human Resources Canada suggests at least 20,500 new workers will be needed in power plants and transmission systems before 2022. “It’s extremely critical,” said Michelle...

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Novelty units reap premium rents

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Novelty units reap premium rents

Toronto, with its myriad condominiums, is short on a very particular kind of layout that could yield incredible returns for investors—that is, if they’re lucky enough to find one of these units. Units with two master bedrooms could reap premium rents for investors because no longer will the tenant with the larger bedroom carry the larger share of the monthly rent. “These units have tremendous potential because, very often, if you’re an investor and your unit has a typical layout, one of the...

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Toronto Skyline Evolution: Video Shows How City Is Transforming Amid Skyscraper Boom

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Toronto Skyline Evolution: Video Shows How City Is Transforming Amid Skyscraper Boom

Torontonians probably don’t need another ego boost, but here’s one anyway: The high-rise construction boom in Canada’s largest city is set to continue, and promises to reshape the city’s appearance in the coming years. Using data from the Skyscraper Center database, real estate site Point2 Homes estimates that there are currently 81 skyscrapers either under construction or in the planning phase around Toronto. That would be more than double the current tally. The city...

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Park Hyatt makeover includes revamped rooftop bar, luxury rental apartments

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Park Hyatt makeover includes revamped rooftop bar, luxury rental apartments

Oxford Properties has torn the wrapping off the design of its Park Hyatt hotel makeover revealing what it calls an artistic homage to Canada that includes the preservation of the brick and limestone facade on all sides of the landmark south tower at Avenue Rd. and Bloor St. When it reopens about a year from now, that building will house 65 luxury one- and two-bedroom rental apartments, including five penthouse suites, known as The Residences at Two Avenue Road. It will connect to the 219-room...

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Almost half of Montreal’s renters live alone – CMHC

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Almost half of Montreal’s renters live alone – CMHC

A study from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) revealed that nearly half (45%) of Greater Montréal area households are renters – and that many of them live alone. According to the CMHC’s Housing Market Insight report, 48% of renter households in the Montréal were people living alone. The report also found that about 35% of all renter households had incomes below $30,000, before taxes. Households with incomes above $100,000 accounted for only 5% to 8% of renters in most sectors...

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Starlight acquires 45 buildings in less than 60 days

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Starlight acquires 45 buildings in less than 60 days

Starlight Investments is a privately held Toronto-based, full service, multi-family and commercial real estate investment and asset management company driven by an experienced team of over 150 professionals. The company currently manages over $9.0 billion of direct real estate as well as real estate investment securities. Investment vehicles include institutional joint ventures, True North Commercial REIT, Starlight U.S. Multi-Family Funds and Starlight Capital Funds. Starlight Investment’s...

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Gardening greens up multi-family architecture

Posted in Exterior Building, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

Gardening greens up multi-family architecture

As the price of produce continues to edge upwards and the stresses of everyday life nudge people toward nature, more homeowners are donning gardening gloves, cultivating a sunny, earth-filled spot and conjuring up some homegrown fresh goodness. “You don’t need to have a giant backyard to be successful,” says gardening guru and HGTV’s Home to Win host Carson Arthur. “You can grow fresh food anywhere,” he says. In fact that is the gist of his recently released new book, Vegetables, Chickens...

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New carbon tax kicks in for four provinces that fought federal plan

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New carbon tax kicks in for four provinces that fought federal plan

People in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick will be paying more for gasoline and heating fuel Monday when the federal government’s carbon tax begins in provinces that refused to impose their own emissions pricing. The federal tax is $20 a tonne for this year and is set to increase by $10 annually until it reaches $50 a tonne in April 2022. The starting rate adds 4.4 cents to the price of a litre of gas, about four cents to a cubic metre of natural gas, and also drives up...

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