Inclusionary Zoning: A Plan for Higher Home Prices

(November 10, 2015) In the policy debate on improving housing affordability, one idea often discussed is “inclusionary zoning”. It’s little wonder. Inclusionary zoning is a nice sounding idea that offers a simplistic cure to any housing crisis. Unfortunately, inclusionary zoning’s effect is the exact opposite to its intended goal, resulting in higher housing prices and… Read More

Want More Affordable Housing?

Tell governments to stop making it so expensive By Mike Chopowick, November 4, 2015   On Monday I appeared before the Ontario Standing Committee on Social Policy to deliver FRPO’s recommendations on Bill 73, the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act. This committee was reviewing important amendments to how development charges are imposed on new… Read More

Who will win the Election? It all hangs in the “balance”

By Mike Chopowick, October 18, 2015. 7:13pm   If you’re reading this, it’s likely too late. The polls for the Canada’s 42nd federal election open in about 14 hours. It will all be over in about 24 hours. Who will win? The ruling Conservatives? Or their Liberal challengers? If you are concerned about the future… Read More

Ontario’s Rent Rules: Where’s the Sense?

If the province made more sense of its rent rules, we’d see more rental housing built By Mike Chopowick, October 28, 2015 At over 350 pages, Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act and its regulations is the most complicated landlord-tenant law in North America. Within this law are an excessively complicated set of rules on price regulation that would… Read More

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 By Mike Chopowick, October 15, 2015   Exactly a year ago, we heard many municipal candidates campaign for “lower rent”, “affordable housing” and “protecting tenants”. This is what you didn’t hear: Cities actually cause higher rents for tenants. Many city… Read More