Canada Housing

Saskatoon's Housing Crisis Is a Health Emergency

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Dr Ryan Meili

Despite a strong economy, Saskatchewan has a deficit in access to safe and affordable housing. The Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership performed a "point-in-time" count of people without a home on a given night and found 405 people. The number from these counts has steadily increased. What's especially disturbing is that 45 of the homeless individuals in this year's count were children. Across Canada, an estimated 235,000 people will experience homelessness in the course of a year, with 35,000 homeless on any given night. Beyond those who are homeless, many Canadians struggle to maintain the housing they have.

Why a Sub-Prime Mortgage Isn't Always a Bad Idea

Samantha Brookes | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Business
Samantha Brookes

With home prices perpetually climbing higher and with banks continuing to tighten lending standards, more and more people are being pushed into the sub-prime space when applying for a mortgage, which requires higher interest rates and often more stringent repayment terms.

5 Questions for Federal Leaders on the Economy

Raymond Louie | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Raymond Louie

The economy is not an abstract concept to be debated like some complex math equation. It is the day to day moments of our life that tell us whether it is safe to dream of something better for ourselves and for our children. The truth is this: on Thursday night, if a party leader does not spell out a serious plan to work with cities and municipalities, then don't be fooled. They don't have a serious plan for jobs and the economy. With that it mind, here are five questions federal political leaders need to answer in Thursday night's debate.

Joshua Ostroff

Our Homes Are Hurting The Environment. Here's How The Next Government Could Fix It | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Politics

From staking vampire power to funding low-income retrofits, we can stop Canadian homes from wasting electricity and leaking energy.

Basic Income Is Just What the Doctor Ordered

Danielle Martin | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle Martin

What makes people sick? Infectious agents like bacteria and viruses and personal factors like smoking, eating poorly and living a sedentary lifestyle. But none of these compares to the way that poverty makes us sick. Prescribing medications and lifestyle changes for our patients who suffer from income deficiency isn't enough; we need to start prescribing healthy incomes. The upstream factors that affect health -- such as income, education, employment, housing, and food security -- have a far greater impact on whether we will be ill or well. Of these, income has the most powerful influence, as it shapes access to the other health determinants.

Harper's Built His Housing Policy On a Weak Foundation

Dan S. Barnabic | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Dan S. Barnabic

Encouraging Canadians to enter into an exceptionally inflated housing market where two houses are being built for every new person added to the working-age population may well lead to catastrophic results once the market goes into correction -- as it did in the United States in 2008, when that country's ownership rate reached 69 per cent.

Finding Shelter for Homeless LGBT Youth

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Earlier this summer, Canada's first transitional housing dedicated to LGBT youth opened in Toronto--the YMCA's Sprott House. Reading about this great initiative raised our awareness about an issue that needs to be on the radar of all Canadians -- the unacceptable rate of LGBT youth who have no place to call home. LGBT youth become homeless for much of the same reasons as other young people -- family conflict, abuse, mental health issues and addiction. LGBT youth also experience higher rates of mental health and addiction issues in large part because of discrimination.

Stop Complaining About Housing Prices and Start Looking for Solutions

Ben Myers | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Business
Ben Myers

My suggestion to people concerned about housing in Toronto and Vancouver is to stop looking for a scapegoat, stop searching for someone to blame, and start coming up with real, workable plans. The first step is to accept that high housing prices are justified based on supply and demand and devise a workable strategy that can either increase supply or reduce demand based on current market conditions. Be part of the solution, not the problem.

How to Build Better Suburbs

Lisa Jackson | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Jackson

Agrihoods can also be potentially profitable, partly by attracting buyers and appreciating property values. Agritopia is not only self-sustaining, but actually generates revenue by selling produce to upscale restaurants and chefs.

Only 'Medium' Chance Of A Toronto, Vancouver Housing Bust: TD Bank

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Business

Don't panic!

5 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

David Lester | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

When I was a banker we had this tool to show you how much you'd pay in interest over the amortization. When you look at the bottom of the chart I always liked to point out that you basically pay the same amount in interest as you took out on a mortgage at an average mortgage rate.

LOOK: The Most Expensive Homes For Sale In Every Province

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 07.25.2015 | Canada Business

You could have a mansion. An island. Or an estate once owned by the Ford family.

Tell Us What Keeps You Up At Night

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Politics

With the country ramping up for a federal election in the fall, it's high time to talk about what is most important to Canadians as we go forward as a nation.

First-Time Buyers Aren't Tapping Mom And Dad Like We Thought

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Business

How many of us actually are?

Foreign Homeowners In Canada Need To Be Tracked: B.C. MP

CBC | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Burnaby MP Kennedy Stewart is calling for Statistics Canada and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to dig into the numbers on foreign ownership.

Toronto Needs to Invest in Walkable Neighbourhoods

Frank Margani | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Business
Frank Margani

In order to unlock the grand potential of Toronto's non-core markets to create affordable and vibrant communities and to ensure everyone is able to share in the economic and health benefits of walkable and livable neighborhoods, the city needs investment.

Calgary Home Sales Plummet, Vancouver Market Soars

The Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Business

"The supply of homes for sale today in the region is not meeting the demand we're seeing from home buyers."

Are Condos on the Way to Becoming Glorified Apartments?

Dan S. Barnabic | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Business
Dan S. Barnabic

Renters are far more likely to break condo rules regarding noise and upkeep of the common amenities, resulting in the degradation of the complex. A complex that is heavily rented out becomes stigmatized as apartment building, unappealing to potential buyers.

Sunny Freeman

Canada's Riskiest Housing Markets Aren't In Toronto Or Vancouver | Sunny Freeman | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Business

Canada’s riskiest housing markets are not in the booming metropolises of Vancouver and Toronto, but smaller Prairie cities Winnipeg and Regina, acco...

Sunny Freeman

Real Estate Market Has Officially Hit A Soft Landing: Royal LePage | Sunny Freeman | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Business

It was fun for home owners while it lasted.

This 1 Graphic Shows How Much $$$ You Need To Buy A Home

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Business

We've heard the complaints: it's tough to buy a home in Canada. But just how difficult is it? Depends entirely on where you live. Toronto-based ...

Can't Afford a House? There's a Bright Side to Renting

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Schwartz

Renting isn't so bad, and until you're absolutely, positively ready to afford a house (and the seemingly endless costs that come with it), you should probably focus on the brighter side of tenancy. Take a step back, sit out the home buying season, and relax.

LOOK: Luxury Canadian Homes That Just Can't Seem To Sell

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Business

Listing a home at an exorbitant price is one thing. Selling it is another. Many of us love to look longingly at multi-million-dollar properties...

Yes, We Can Afford to Plan for Smarter Growth and Better Housing

Markus Moos | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Business
Markus Moos

Several articles have recently argued against smart growth planning on the grounds that it is the cause of our current housing affordability problems. The underlying assumption is that smart growth places artificial limits on land supply and therefore contributes to an increase in the cost of housing. This argument does not take into consideration the full range of factors that are responsible for the current escalation in the price of housing.

Without Affordable Housing, the Need for Food Banks Will Remain

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

This past holiday season, food banks all across Ontario benefited from the generosity of their communities. Ontarians came together to donate food and financial support, both of which will make an enormous difference in the lives of people who struggle to make ends meet. Yet as the holiday lights and warmth fade and we head back into everyday life, we must not forget that this is not enough. In Ontario alone, it is estimated that 770,000 people visit food banks annually, and 20 per cent of food banks run out of supplies at least once every year. In a province that has more than enough food for everyone, why is this happening?