Municipal

short-term rental

CondoBusiness

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.
development

CondoBusiness

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.
green roof

Canadian Property Management

Research challenges current green roof standards

Flooding is giving rise to new research on how green roof performance metrics can better manage water capacity.
apartment

Canadian Apartment Magazine

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.
vacant unit rebate

Canadian Property Management

Cities poised to terminate vacant unit rebate

Past, present and would-be recipients bristle at suggestions that the rebate is a subsidy or a disincentive to improve the marketability of their properties.
affordable rental housing

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Deconstructing Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan

In an effort to help increase the province’s supply of affordable housing and protect renters from what many are calling exorbitant rent hikes, the Ontario Government has announced a comprehensive package of measures in its just-released Fair Housing Plan.
building systems

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Safeguarding vital building systems during floods

Protecting vital building systems that address comfort, usability, life safety, fire prevention and compliance with general occupancy requirements.
elevator repairs

CondoBusiness

MPP proposes time limits for elevator repairs

Han Dong, the Liberal MPP for Trinity-Spadina, is proposing to set time limits for elevator repairs with a private member's bill.
Roehampton

CondoBusiness

Unit owners sell boutique buildings to developer

The sale of a property in midtown Toronto that closed in January marks Ontario’s first case of unit owners terminating a condo corporation by vote.
waste diversion

CondoBusiness

Toronto cracks down on waste contamination

The City of Toronto is cracking down on bylaw infractions concerning the co-mingling of garbage and recycling in bins put out for municipal pick-up at multi-residential properties.
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.
affordable rental housing

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.
minimizing-liability-risk

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.