Canada Housing

The Ontario Courts Should Learn Shelter Is a Basic Need

Sharad Kerur | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Sharad Kerur

On December 1, the Ontario Court of Appeal failed Canadians who are homeless or living in substandard conditions. By ruling that the Government of Canada has no obligation to provide "affordable, adequate, and accessible housing" to its citizens, the Court sanctioned the government's abdication of responsibility for housing and dealt a significant blow to vulnerable Canadians.

Why We May See More Homeless Seniors in Calgary's Future

Lee Tunstall | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Alberta
Lee Tunstall

Twenty per cent of older adults live with a mental health issue. In Calgary alone, that equates to over 21,000 older adults, with between 1,000 and 2,000 living with severe and persistent psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia and delusional disorder. These figures do not take into account individuals between 45 and 65 who have lived a higher-risk lifestyle and been intermittently homeless. Such individuals age more quickly than the general population, and often present as "functionally geriatric" well before the age of 65.

CMHC Data Shows Single Women, Mothers Need Better Places To Live

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Business

When it comes to housing in Canada, no one is in worse shape than single women and mothers. That's according to data released by the Canada Mortgag...

Food Banks Were Meant to be Temporary. So Why Are They Growing?

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The real news in the recent Hunger Count 2014 report is not that 841,191 people came to food banks for help in one month -- a number 25 per cent higher than in 2008. Nor is it the realization that close to 40 per cent of food bank recipients are children. No, the overarching narrative is how the presence of food banks in most communities has come to represent the failure of imagination for a country and its citizens.

Canadian Housing Starts Slow Down

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The pace of new home starts in Canada slowed in October due to less construction of multiple-unit homes including condominiums, Canada Mortga...

Canadians Too Exposed To Real Estate Risks: Bank Of Canada Official

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada Business

Canada's real estate market may rest on solid regulatory ground, but taxpayers are nevertheless exposed to too much risk, a Bank of Canada official wa...

The Affordable Housing Gap Is Only Getting Wider

Murtaza Haider | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Housing affordability will continue to be one of the biggest challenges facing the rapidly urbanizing world. Canadian cities will not be exempt from this challenge.

Canada's Housing Bubble Could Pop Next Year: Author

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Business

Say this for Hilliard MacBeth: the man has guts. While a number of analysts have expressed concern that Canada is in a housing bubble, the Edmonton...

SURPRISE! Canada's Home Prices Rise Again

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.15.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Canadian Real Estate Association raised its home sales forecast Monday on the back of stronger than expected sales in recent months follo...

Give Seniors "Homes" Instead of "Institutions"

Verena Menec | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Living
Verena Menec

Should we really be talking about how many nursing home beds are needed as politicians, media and health policy people all do? Or should the question be: "How many more homes are needed for frail older people who need care?"

This One City Dominates Housing Construction In Canada

BuzzBuzzHome | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Business

BuzzBuzzHome: At the end of Q2-2014, there were 213,683 homes being built across Canada’s 10 busiest new residential construction markets. Natura...

Price Difference Between Condos And Houses In Canada Just Got Bigger

BuzzBuzzHome | Monika Warzecha | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Business

BuzzBuzzHome: The price gap between a standard two-storey house and condo in Vancouver just hit $712,027. If you had that kind of money sitting in the...

Sunny Freeman

Six Key Reactions About Canada's Housing Market Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Business

The average Canadian home price jumped an annual 6.9 per cent in June, suggesting that the market is still on a tear that has long passed the real est...

House Prices Up 4.4 Per Cent From A Year Ago

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The Teranet National Bank national composite house price index rose 0.9 per cent in June from the previous month. The increase came as pr...

Affordable Housing Isn't Even on the Ontario Election Radar - Why?

Sharad Kerur | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Sharad Kerur

Over the past four weeks, pundits, parties and candidates in the Ontario race have talked everything from jobs to transit to past scandals and old grievances. There's one issue, though, that they've been silent on: affordable housing. By ignoring housing, all three major parties have abandoned the primary need of the most vulnerable residents in our communities. Instead, Wynne, Hudak and Horwath have focused on jobs, gridlock and rebuilding Ontario's economy without recognizing that affordable housing is a key part of the solution to each of those problems.

Can't Afford a House in Toronto? Be Patient

Nathan Dautovich | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Business
Nathan Dautovich

With prices of single family homes already up over 13 per cent year over year, the dream of owning a home in a desirable neighbourhood is quickly fading for many would-be Toronto home owners. So what options are there for people with a budget under $1 million who still want a home in a desirable neighbourhood?

Where You Can Buy an Affordable House in Toronto

Nathan Dautovich | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Business
Nathan Dautovich

With home prices skyrocketing in recent months, many home buyers are wondering if they will ever be able to afford a house in Toronto. In many desirable neighbourhoods, prices have already increased beyond what most people can afford. However, there are still some pockets in Toronto where value can be found. Here are 3 places to look for an affordable home in Toronto.

Why Rural to Urban Migration Is Problematic

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

This trend towards urbanization raises a number of challenges. As a development practitioner, I find myself agreeing with Lawrence Haddad, Director of the Institute of Development Studies, who suggests that most development professionals are trained in rural development and rural livelihoods.

A Cause For Concern: BoC

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Bank of Canada is again flagging Canada's overheated housing market and sky-high household debt as the biggest domestic threats to the ec...

WHOA: Look How Much House Prices Have Soared

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

It’s either a sign that the housing market is healthy and resilient, or a sign of irrational exuberance along the way to a housing bubble. Either...

What's Happening to Housing Statistics in Canada?

Win Wachsmann | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Win Wachsmann

Over the past few weeks the various media have inundated us with housing projections, prophecies and prognostications. The housing market is going up -- or going down! (compared to what?) What do those headlines even mean? Are housing starts up? Are housing prices up? Are the number of homes sold up? Or are more and more people building and living in concrete high rises?

Why the U.S., Unlike Canada, Isn't Thinking of Healthcare the Right Way

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Trudy Lieberman

Some 2,250 homeless people in five Canadian cities enrolled in the program in 2011. Half of them received mostly private-sector housing; the other half got the usual community or shelter referrals. Those in the private sector group chose an apartment in a neighbourhood they liked, and the program provided the furniture.

Housing Bubble? Not On My Watch

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says he's prepared to clamp down on mortgage rules once again if Canada's housing market continues to h...

Gen Y Struggles In Housing Market

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

Some of Generation Y is rebelling against an uphill battle of purchasing affordable homes or securing reasonable rentals by moving into non-traditio...

‘This Is The End Of Extremely Low Interest Rates'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 08.22.2013 | Canada Business

Three of Canada’s big six banks have raised mortgage rates once again this week, prompting some economists to declare an end to a long run of ultra-...