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Demographia Housing Affordability in Canada 2021 Supplemental

Demographia Housing Affordability in Canada, assesses middle-income housing affordability  read more »

New Toronto to London (ON) Train Ridership Half that of a Bus

The Toronto Star reports that the new Toronto to London, Ontario “GO” Transit commuter train is carrying far fewer passengers than the average transit bus.  read more »

Ontario Premier Doug Ford Supports New Highway

Ontario’s premier Doug Ford indicated strong support for the new 60 kilometer (more than 35 miles) Highway 413 across the northwest suburbs of metropolitan Toronto  read more »

Canada to Tax Home Equity?

In Canada, where income adjusted house prices vary more than five times between metropolitan areas, the threat of a federal initiative to tax house equity could be looming.  read more »

Quebec to Start 3-Day Work at Home Policy in 2022

Evidence keeps mounting that conversion to the “hybrid” or “cloud” employment model is gaining steam.  read more »

Urban Containment Policy and Housing Affordability in Ottawa

The city of Ottawa is updating its Official Plan. Under consideration are expanding the urban boundary (urban growth boundary) and strengthening of its intensification (densification)policy. These strategies are components of urban containment policy. This report examines the relationship between urban containment policy and housing affordability  read more »

The Sidewalks of Montreal

Montreal’s mayor Valerie Plante has “widened” some sidewalks to provide sufficient space for pedestrian use while providing sufficient social distancing. Where implemented, sidewalks have been widened to 4.5 meters (nearly 15 feet) by extension into streets (with barriers to protect from car and truck traffic.) This action is being taken only in the highest volume areas of the city.

Ontario Moves Rightward, toward Populism

After a nearly 15 year lock on Ontario’s provincial parliament (“Queen’s Park”), the Liberal Party suffered the strong rejection of voters in the June 6, 2018 election. Triumphant in the last two elections, the Liberals won so few seats that they lost official party status.  read more »

Canada’s Changing Income Patterns

Statistics Canada’s newly released National Household Survey indicates changes in the distribution of median household incomes among the provinces and territories. The new data is for 2010, and indicates that an increase of 13.9 percent per household at the national level from the 2005 data collected in the 2006 census.  read more »