Regulations

property assessment

Ontario revises property assessment schedule

The launch of a new four-year cycle in 2017 spurred a wave of assessment appeals as property owners reacted to often dramatic increases in value over the previous assessment.
tax break for new rental housing

Manitoba nixes tax break for new rental housing

Developers of purpose-built rental housing in Manitoba are losing a tax credit that has been available for the past five years.
Investment property

Investment property imperils preferred tax rate

The new rules capture the demographic of investors who own small low-rise residential or mixed-use commercial-residential buildings as a sideline to their main business ventures.
residential development land

B.C. residential development land takes tax hit

The British Columbia government expects to collect about $520 million in new annual revenue through additional residential property taxes and property transfer taxes.
marijuana

Landlords seek cannabis veto

With the Cannabis Act set to make recreational pot use legal throughout Canada, landlords are demanding the right to ban the divisive substance within their rental units before the law officially takes effect July 1.
Long Term Energy Plan

Long Term Energy Plan reframes CDM incentive

Ontario's newly released provincial Long Term Energy Plan, now updated to replace the 2013 version, rescinds favoured status for combined heat and power systems that rely on fossil fuels.
divergent property tax regimes

Cities exhibit divergent property tax regimes

This annual look at the apportionment of the tax burden gives a more complete picture of the pressures on the commercial and multi-residential sectors than simply referencing property tax rates.
apartment

HVAC switch over snared by hot spell

Tensions boiled over last week at Toronto apartment buildings without air conditioning as temperatures soared into heat wave territory in late September.
elevators

Required upgrades to single-speed elevators lifted

The TSSA recently lifted the requirement to undertake certain upgrades to the controls of single-speed elevators, but it doesn’t mean building owners should abandon modernization.
Infrared Thermal and real Image of Radiator Heater and a window on a building

Thermal metering regulations coming to Canada

While oversight of electricity and gas metering has been in place for quite some time, thermal metering has remained unchecked in Canada. But not for long.
live-in superintendents

Ontario leaves live-in superintendents exposed

For now, market demand and the goodwill of employers are still the prime determinants of superintendents' working conditions.
short-term rental

Proposed short-term rental regs see early support

Proposed regulations for short-term rentals in Toronto saw early signs of support, with a few exceptions, when a staff report went before executive committee.
AIBC building envelopes

London fatal fire sparks high-rise safety concerns

The fatal fire that ripped through a 24-storey apartment tower in London, England, on Wednesday, June 14th, has left the city traumatized. Deemed one of the deadliest of its kind in the recent history, the blaze in the 120-unit Grenfell Tower council housing block has resulted in 30 confirmed deaths and dozens of lives still unaccounted for.
development

Big data backs medium-density development

The development of courtyard apartments, multiplexes and town homes could be among the building blocks of better housing affordability in Ontario.
energy conservation programs

Alberta rolls out energy conservation programs

Commercial business operators and broader public sector entities such as health care facilities, schools, universities and colleges can claim for partial refunds of applicable purchases made since March 24 of this year.
Reliable Elevators Act

Reliable Elevators Act passes second reading

If it becomes law, the Reliable Elevators Act would require maintenance contractors to restore out-of-service elevators within 14 days in most buildings.
Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing in crisis

It has been another tumultuous month for Toronto Community Housing, Canada’s largest social housing provider. The city-run entity with a $9-billion portfolio is once again facing criticism for failing in the upkeep of its 58,000 units.