Development

inclusionary zoning

Inclusionary zoning prompts debate in T.O.

Inclusionary zoning has become a heated subject once again in the wake of the Ford Government’s “More Homes, More Choice” action plan, otherwise known as Bill 108.
flooding

In deep water

Extreme weather events are directly impacting the cost of residential property insurance, but there are ways to keep rising costs at bay.
affordable housing

“More Homes, More Choice”

The Ontario government's newly revealed "More Homes, More Choice: Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan" aims to boost affordable housing supplies through legislative change.
unpaid building code advisors

Ontario spurns unpaid building code advisors

The 2019 Ontario budget lists the Building Code Conservation Advisory Council among 10 provincial agencies deemed to be unnecessary or imprudent expenditures.
Toronto Condos

GTA rental completions reach 25-year high

With 1,849 new rental units coming to market since January 2019, GTA rental completions have reached a 25-year high according to the latest data from Urbanation.
Helio by Sifron Properties

Helio sets new standard for energy performance

Coming soon from Sifton Properties, Helio is slated to become the most energy-efficient high-rise apartment tower in Canada, designed and constructed to be 77 per cent more efficient than a similar building built under the current Ontario Building Code.
rethinking real estate

Stigma fuels case for rethinking real estate

Much of the current negative sentiment relates to the emergence of informal rooming houses in predominantly single-family residential areas near suburban post-secondary campuses.
housing market

Renovating your apartment: Is it worth it?

Renovations or retrofits to an investment property that increase rents and/or decrease operating costs may also increase a property’s value. Cost and value, however, are not synonymous, and not all renovations are as profitable as one might expect.
suburban office parks

Mixed uses to ease into suburban office parks

The new policy would give developers a basis to challenge any local government's veto of non-employment land uses in suburban office parks.
affordable rental housing

Affordable rental housing on national agenda

As 2019 begins, Canadians continue to face a well-chronicled slate of challenges when it comes to finding affordable rental housing. Here, housing experts share their insights...and even a few solutions.
Hamilton

Addressing sub-standard rental housing

Hamilton-area landlords are speaking out after city councillors voted to move ahead on a rental housing licensing pilot affecting properties with six or fewer units. If approved, landlords will be required to obtain a rental housing license for $200.
affordable rental housing Vancouver

Demand for rental housing continues to rise

Demand for rental housing across Canada continues to rise according to CHMC’s 2018 Rental Market Report, published annually in November.
ENGIE Services

Plugging in to the benefits of energy storage

A sharp rise in energy costs and strict sustainability mandates have been spurring business owners to explore alternative solutions for decades. Could on-site energy storage be the next green ticket?
student housing waterloo

Purpose-built student housing set to soar

Canada's purpose-built rental market has seen its share of healthy investment activity over the years, yet one asset class has historically struggled to keep up: student housing.
rent control

Assessing the impact of rent control

More than a year after the Fair Rental Act was introduced, rent control is back in the spotlight with new research suggesting it is doing more harm than good when it comes to rental construction and affordability.
market drivers

Developers weigh in on market drivers

Collectively, the 400+ C-suite and senior executives see more opportunity than threat in technological advancements, social change and a less economically stratified society.
GTA apartment sector housing supply

GTA apartment sector continues to flourish

The latest market report from Marcus & Millichap reveals the GTA apartment sector is experiencing another strong year, with continued growth projected.