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2019 gold

Stories to watch in 2019

The REMI Network's editorial team takes a look at last year's top stories and how they will continue to impact the commercial real estate industry in 2019.
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Alignvest purchases Ottawa student residence

Alignvest Student Housing Inc. announced it has entered into a contract to purchase a new student housing property in Ottawa, known as "The Annex".
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Starlight and Homestead acquire two rental properties

Starlight Investments and Homestead Land Holdings announced they have jointly purchased two multi-residential apartment complexes for $241 million.
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Firm Capital Property Trust acquires Dartmouth rental building

Firm Capital Property Trust announced it has acquired a multi-residential building consisting of 69 units located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
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B.C. Rental Housing Task Force submits final recommendations

In December, the B.C. Rental Housing Task Force submitted its final report and recommendations for "making B.C.'s rental housing system fairer."
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Average rent in Canada to rise 6 to 11 per cent

A new report released by predicts that the average rent in Canada will increase 6 per cent in 2019. Municipally, it foresees increases by as much as 11 per cent in Toronto and 7 per cent in Vancouver.
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New homeless residence and service building coming to Quebec

Construction on the Maison de Lauberivière will begin in March in the St-Roch neighbourhood of Québec. The government-funded building will feature 131 rooms for emergency and support services for homeless or vulnerable individuals.
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Unit sub-metering providers dodge OEB oversight

In practice, the Ontario Energy Board has never exercised its authority to set electricity rates for sub-metered residential units because it has been finalizing a methodology for carrying out the new responsibility, which came into force in the spring of 2018.
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Ontario aims to make rental development easier

At a recent event, Ontario Premier Doug Ford stated that the government is committed to making it more appealing for developers to build rental housing.

$700-mil mixed-use development set for Montreal

Devimco Immobilier and partners have joined to develop MAESTRIA, the largest mixed-use real estate project in Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles.
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FRPO announces 2018 MAC Award winners

The Federation of Rental Providers of Ontario (FRPO) announced the 2018 MAC Award winners at its sold-out gala in Toronto last night. Here is the list of winners...

RioCan Living set to lease-up eCentral in Toronto

RioCan Living announced it is preparing to lease-up its first rental development, eCentral, in midtown Toronto. The 466-unit, purpose-built rental located at Yonge and Eglinton accounts for a fifth of its 2,300 rental units currently under construction.
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Minto Apartment REIT expands portfolio in Calgary and Ottawa

Minto Apartment REIT announced it has purchased two multi-res buildings in Calgary for $63.8 million. In addition, it is moving forward on the redevelopment of a commercial property into a mixed-use multi-res and retail property in Ottawa.
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Canada issues update on national housing investments

The government of Canada has issued a detailed breakdown of its national housing investments, reporting that more than $5.7 billion has been spent on affordable housing since 2016.

Low-income seniors housing opens in Saskatchewan

The Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan, along with the City of Humboldt and Stewart Properties, announced the completion of a new low income seniors housing community in Humboldt.
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Ford announces rent control pull-back

As part of its newly announced “Housing Supply Action Plan,” the Ontario Government is proposing a strategy to increase the province’s rental housing supply through new measures affecting rent control.
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Affordable modular housing coming to rural Alberta

Individuals and families in rural Alberta will soon have access to modular housing via a new government-funded shipping container project developed through the Alberta Rural Development Network.