Municipal

apartment licensing program

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Stricter rules ahead for GTA apartment owners

Toronto city council has approved a plan for a new apartment licensing program that will impose stricter rules for building owners, but could inadvertently lead to higher rents for tenants.
legionella risk

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Addressing Legionella risk in buildings

ASHRAE Standard 188, released in 2015, requires that buildings evaluate where Legionella growth may occur in all water and plumbing systems.
largest-wood-design-conference

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Vancouver developers to pursue zero emissions

The newly adopted plan sets out a two-part strategy to ensure that new buildings are as energy-efficient as possible and, perhaps more contentiously, do not rely on natural gas for space heating and hot water supply.
zoning

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Ontario opens way to inclusionary zoning

New inclusionary zoning legislation in Ontario could soon give municipalities the power to require that builders include affordable housing units in all new residential developments. If passed, the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016, will be the first of its kind in Canada and could take effect in early 2017, if not sooner.
site plan approval

CondoBusiness

Streamline site plan approval: Ontario architects

Toon Dreessen, president of the Ontario Association of Architects, is renewing the OAA’s call for a streamlined site plan approval process.
housing affordability

CondoBusiness

Deconstructing housing affordability in the GTA

Housing affordability is a growing concern in Canada, but there is no consensus on how to quantify the problem. That might soon change.
intensification

CondoBusiness

Intensification impacts on millennial consumers

A new report on the impacts of residential intensification on consumers makes recommendations for consumer education, planning policies and more.
Overbuilding

CondoBusiness

Affordability looms large in GTA housing market

The GTA housing market is on track to see a record year in resales, but there may be challenges on the horizon. And they have nothing to do with a bubble.
Water

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Change to Toronto sewers bylaw on tap for Jan. 1

One of two sewers bylaw changes that are expected to trickle down to building owners and managers is on tap for the New Year.
cigarette

CondoBusiness

Spate of condo blazes sparks safety campaign

A spate of condo blazes in Alberta has reignited conversations about the perennial fire safety risk posed by cigarettes in multi-residential buildings.
rsz_affordable_housing_

Canadian Apartment Magazine

An affordable remedy to a national crisis

Affordable housing shortages for working Canadians have hit critical levels in most major cities across Canada. For years, grim statistics of growing waitlists far outpacing the number of affordable rental units under construction have made headlines nation-wide. Despite the alarming numbers, not much in the way of viable, sustainable solutions have been presented. That is, until now...
Hotel lobby

CondoBusiness

Pan Am and the sport of short-term rentals

A security expert says condos need to have a plan for responding to short-term rentals ahead of tourist draws like the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
Transit oriented development

Canadian Property Management

Factors of intensification and transit imbalance

Why has development in the GTA over the last decade not happened closer to planned or current transit infrastructure? An industry panel discusses factors.
infrastructure

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Infrastructure grapples with climate change

Sustainable leaders in the industry are encouraging municipalities and building owners to grapple with climate change and protect the value of assets.
energy reporting

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Toronto puts energy reporting proposal on pause

An energy reporting requirement for large buildings is likely coming to Toronto. The only question is: Will it come from the city or from the province?
Universal design

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Expanding the frontiers of universal design

Universal design encompasses much more than physical accessibility, as three Interior Designers of Canada members recently explained in a panel discussion.
new condo

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Addressing Ontario’s affordable housing crisis

Ontario’s affordable housing wait list continued to swell in 2014 with more than 3,600 applying for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) accommodations.