Veronica Green works at Slate Asset Management, a global investment and asset management firm, and is the Co-Founder of Elena's Club, an organization to promote women's education. She has previously held roles in the Premier's Office and the Office of the Official Opposition.
There is a role for the provincial government to reduce government costs by decreasing, pausing, or altogether eliminating development charges for affordable or inclusionary zoning housing units and purpose-built rental units. It makes little sense to subsidize the sale price of a unit and tax the construction.
An effective climate change strategy must reckon with reducing emissions from our buildings. The question, of course, is how can we do that without driving up the costs of housing and commercial buildings at the expense of households and our economy?