Construction workers build new homes in a development in Ottawa on Monday, July 6, 2015. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press.

The future supply of housing is at risk

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.

A person walks by a row of houses in Toronto on Tuesday July 12, 2022. Cole Burston/The Canadian Press.

Have YIMBYs won the development debate?

Housing advocates say that long-running debates have been settled and public opinion is beginning to accept that if we want housing affordability we first need to be able to build new housing without hindrance.