Heating or eating a harsh reality for some Ontarians

The province’s “green dreams” have resulted in serious consequences for Ontarians and their families

Heating or eating a harsh reality for some OntariansBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute The Ontario Government has suspended its latest round of renewable energy plans – a move that will save consumers money. While this may be a step in the right direction, the government’s “green dreams” have already done a lot of damage in the province. A…

What homebuilders think about Ontario’s housing regulations

Reduce housing barriers to help ensure that Canada’s largest urban area remains affordable and keeps attracting the best and brightest

What homebuilders think about Ontario’s housing regulationsBy Kenneth P. Green Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute Housing headlines are everywhere. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently announced a raft of housing reforms. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory recently rang alarms bells on housing. And according to a report released recently by the Toronto Real Estate Board, Toronto house prices…

Ontario climate change strategy a Frankenstein monster

Ontario’s plan will take even more money from already heavily-taxed consumers and businesses, and fuel more government spending

Ontario climate change strategy a Frankenstein monsterBy Ben Eisen and Kenneth P. Green The Fraser Institute Ontario’s climate change strategy is just another example of the tax-and-spend approach that has undermined the province’s economy for years. A recent opinion column from the Brookings Institution in the United States observes (based on the vast laboratory that is California) that cap-and-trade is a flawed…

Alberta’s cap on oil sands emissions could cost billions

The cumulative value of lost production from 2027 to 2040 could total C$150 billion (in 2015 dollars), with negligible environmental benefit

Alberta’s cap on oil sands emissions could cost billionsBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute Alberta’s energy industry has been hit hard by the decline in oil prices, but the province is still home to the world’s third largest oil reserves, and despite a temporary glut, oil will still largely power the world for the foreseeable future. However, just how…

Almost 40% of Atlantic Canada households live in energy poverty

Atlantic Canada premiers should focus on opportunities to make energy more affordable for their citizens, rather than making it more expensive

Almost 40% of Atlantic Canada households live in energy povertyLast week, the premiers of Atlantic Canada met with federal Environment Minister Katherine McKenna to discuss energy planning for the region’s future. Things discussed included the building of a “clean electricity future,” and a “national price on carbon,” which was described as “impending” in a news article covering the meeting. Atlantic Canada is, indeed, a…

Rule of law under attack in B.C.

By imposing a tax on already signed agreements, B.C. is demonstrating a worrisome indifference to the rule of law

Rule of law under attack in B.C.By Kenneth Green Josef Filipowicz and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute Mike de Jong, B.C.’s finance minister, recently and unexpectedly announced an additional property transfer tax of 15 per cent on foreign nationals purchasing residential property in Metro Vancouver. Whatever the merits of this policy, many have overlooked a troubling element of its implementation –…

Red tape, not foreign buyers, drives housing affordability woes

Heavy-handed policies have consequences that are worse than the problem they seek to fix

Red tape, not foreign buyers, drives housing affordability woesBy Kenneth P. Green Steve Lafleur and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute Foreign nationals purchasing homes in Metro Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area is a topic that continues to make national headlines, especially as housing prices rise. This came to a head recently when B.C. Minister of Finance Mike de Jong announced an additional…

Foreign purchase tax ignores crucial source of housing unaffordability

A tax on foreign buyers may seem like an easy fix but it ignores the fact the housing supply is not keeping up with demand

Foreign purchase tax ignores crucial source of housing unaffordabilityBy Kenneth P. Green Steve Lafleur and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute In response to the fear that foreign homebuyers are driving up Vancouver housing prices, the provincial government has decided to introduce an additional 15 per cent property transfer tax on foreign home buyers in Metro Vancouver. This move diverts attention from the underlying…

A simple solution to the high cost of housing

Cutting local red tape will increase housing stock and reduce prices in Toronto, Vancouver and beyond

A simple solution to the high cost of housingBy Ken Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute House prices have grown substantially in recent years, especially in Canada’s biggest cities. Many Canadians are concerned about this trend, and a number of solutions have been proposed. However, many of these solutions are unlikely to be effective. Taxes on luxury properties might be…

Local GTA governments have tools to increase housing supply, affordability

Urban constraints to affordable housing could eventually push Toronto’s information economy to where housing is cheaper

Local GTA governments have tools to increase housing supply, affordabilityBy Kenneth P. Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute In response to Toronto’s rapidly rising home prices, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently announced the assembly of a working group of experts from all levels of government, aimed at taking a “deep dive” into the housing question. Housing affordability is being affected…