COVID-19

pandemic restroom design

Design Quarterly

Rethinking restroom design

The global pandemic of COVID-19 is fast tracking infection control technologies. Design strategies in public restrooms will reduce coronavirus transmission.
mask bylaw

REMI Network

What does Toronto’s mask bylaw mean for condos?

A new bylaw exempting condos from mandatory mask-wearing inside the building means corporations might want to impose a mask policy for common elements.
Bill 184

Canadian Apartment Magazine

The pros and cons of Bill 184

Ontario’s Bill 184 has raised the ire of tenant advocacy groups over concerns it will drive renters further into debt while making evictions easier for landlords.
energy management paybacks

Canadian Property Management

Ontario stalls energy management paybacks

A temporary adjustment to Ontario’s electricity pricing scheme eliminates cost-saving opportunities that many operators of large commercial buildings were anticipating this summer.
classroom

Design Quarterly

Modular classroom supports outdoor education

Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited has collaborated with Wonder Incorporated to create a modular ‘front of classroom’ teaching support unit.
Ontario Ombudsman investigates delays at Landlord and Tenant Board

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Ontario Ombudsman tracks LTB’s sluggish pace

The Ombudsman's newly released 2019-20 annual report identifies the Landlord and Tenant Board as one of the most common sources of complaints, prompting an in-progress investigation.
infrastructure

Construction Business

Alberta unveils $10 billion infrastructure program

Alberta has unveiled a Recovery Plan for the province’s economic strategy that includes a a record $10-billion investment in infrastructure.
condo amenities

CondoBusiness

Pest-free tips as condo amenities reopen

Pests are more active without the daily bustle of people moving around, leaving temporarily closed shared spaces vulnerable.
ACI toolkit

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

ACI releases COVID-19 toolkit for businesses

ACI has released Healthy Returns, a toolkit focused on supporting the reopening process for businesses and offices following the COVID-9 pandemic.
FCM

Construction Business

FCM releases guide for cities to rebalance streets

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released a new guide to help cities effectively modify urban streets amid the pandemic.
Younger households express more concern about ability to pay accommodation costs than do other homeowners or renters

CondoBusiness

Accommodation costs unnerve younger households

Financial uncertainty related to COVID-19 appears to be weighing more heavily on younger households than other homeowners and renters.
multi-residential building design

Canadian Apartment Magazine

COVID-19’s impact on multi-res building design

Jonathan King, principal at the architectural firm BNKC, discusses the future of multi-residential building design in the aftermath of COVID-19.
water quality

REMI Network

Ontario guide helps buildings restore water quality

Building owners and managers are responsible for water flushing activities to restore drinking water. Sometimes this process could take up to 12 weeks.
HRAI COVID-19

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

HRAI develops COVID-19 awareness training program

HRAI is developing a COVID-19 training program for residential applications with the potential to expand into small commercial and ICI sectors.
Most downtown office markets still seeing few impacts from COVID-19

REMI Network

Q2 leaves most downtown office markets unscathed

Second quarter vacancy rates and rent trends provide a first look at Canadian commercial real estate markets during widespread COVID-19-triggered business shutdowns.
affordable housing

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Survey finds half of renters plan to seek more affordable housing

A recent survey of 16,000 renters across 181 Canadian cities found that half of respondents are planning to look for more affordable housing due to the effects of COVID-19.
office-using sectors show relative resilience in COVID-19 job loss scenarios

Canadian Property Management

Office-using sectors show relative resilience

There is plenty of uncertainty and little consensus on the economic outlook for Canada and the United States. It is becoming clear that it will not be a V-shaped recovery, and it is more likely to be uneven and prolonged.