Lobby View


Lobby View is FRPO’s Blog. Check back regularly for updates on hot topics in government and public affairs.


November 10, 2015
Inclusionary Zoning: A Plan for Higher Home Prices
Under Inclusionary Zoning, the burden of higher house prices shifts to the market for existing housing, where it adversely impacts affordability.

November 4, 2015
Want More Affordable Housing?
The solution is simple: If we want more affordable housing, then the government should stop making it more expensive with unfair development charges and taxes.

October 28, 2015
Ontario’s Rent Rules: Where’s the Sense?
If we want to see more affordable rental housing built, it makes sense for Ontario to make more sense of its rent control rules.

October 18, 2015
Who Will Win the Election? It all hangs in the “Balance
“Balance Theory” has shown us that Ontario voters have predictable patterns of behaviour. Will this continue?

October 15,2015
The Rent is Too Damn High (and city taxes are to blame)
One year after last year’s municipal election, tenants still bilked by $1,000/year in unfair taxes

October 11, 2015
Nothing Was the Same: Housing Policy Under a Trudeau Government
The Liberal leader looks to nudge policy focus – and tax cuts – to rental housing

October 5, 2015
I Thought the Sheriff (would be here by now)
Obtaining a tribunal order to end a bad tenancy is just one step in the process for Ontario landlords. If you think the Sheriff will rush over to enforce that order, you better be prepared for a long – and costly – wait.

September 29, 2015
Is There a Housing Affordability Crisis in Canada?
No there isn’t, and it’s time we stopped using this awful word when discussing housing policy.

September 24, 2015
High Rise Apartments Reduce Traffic Congestion
There is no evidence that new high-density apartment buildings worsen traffic congestion.  In fact, the statistics we do have show the opposite.

September 16, 2015
Manitoba Wins the Race to the Bottom
The lowest rent control limit in Canada sends tenants to the back of the line

September 14, 2015
Why Boston Said No to the Olympics

The estimated cost of US$8.6 billion was just too much for Bostonians. Can Toronto stomach this expense?

August 18, 2015
“Elections Are Not the Time to Discuss Serious Issues” 
(Especially when it comes to housing policy!)

July 10, 2015
Licensing Ruined the Taxi Industry. Are Apartments Next?
Unless we want apartments to be plagued by higher costs, waiting lists and meagre quality, municipal licensing has no place in rental housing.

May 21 2015
Tenant Damage Deposits in Ontario: Now is the Right Time
A refundable damage deposit, like most other Canadian provinces have, is a fair, simple, and effective tool. It’s time for Ontario to catch up.

March 12 2015
Tackling Greenhouse Gas Emissions is Good; Carbon Tax is Not.
A debate is underway in Ontario about imposing carbon pricing. It will have huge implications for rental housing…and the environment.