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 VANCOUVER, B.C. July 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ - 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…

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 Pierre Desrochers Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. July 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ - 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…

Local regulations limit Metro Vancouver housing supply, affordability

Reforming the minutiae of the building permit process might not be fashionable, but it can encourage homebuilding and affect prices

Local regulations limit Metro Vancouver housing supply, affordabilityBy Ken Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. July 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Vancouver might have the best scenery of Canada’s metropolises, but its real claim to fame is sky-high housing prices, which have risen [popup url="http://www.crea.ca/housing-market-stats/mls-home-price-index/hpi-tool/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]86 per cent[/popup] over the last decade. Common explanations for this…

Removing barriers to housing construction crucial to affordability in Calgary

Calgary homes are more expensive now than when oil prices peaked before the 2008 recession

Removing barriers to housing construction crucial to affordability in CalgaryBy Steve Lafleur Josef Filipowicz and Ian Herzog The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. July 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Growth in Calgary’s housing market recently slowed alongside oil prices, but today’s snapshot belies the [popup url="http://www.housepriceindex.ca/default.aspx" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]significant[/popup] increases in housing prices over the past two decades. In fact, Calgary homes (houses, condos, townhouses, etc.)…

Houston provides affordable housing example for Vancouver

Reducing red tape allows for innovative solutions to housing for growing populations, ultimately lowering housing costs

Houston provides affordable housing example for VancouverBy Kenneth P. Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. May 11, 2016/ Troy Media/ - A recent Wall Street Journal [popup url="http://www.wsj.com/articles/five-cities-that-are-leading-the-way-in-urban-innovation-1461549789?mod=trending_now_4" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]article[/popup] featured a number of cities that stand out, giving well-deserved praise to Vancouver’s walkable urban landscape. But while Vancouver continues to become even more pedestrian friendly, a…

Higher energy prices fueling energy poverty in Canada

5 out of the 7 regions measured in a Fraser Institute study had higher percentages of energy poverty in 2013 than they did in 2010

Higher energy prices fueling energy poverty in Canada[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/energy-poverty-canada/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on energy poverty [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] By Kenneth P. Green Taylor Jackson and Ian Herzog The Fraser Institute CALGARY, Alta. March 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Energy is more than the fuel of our economic growth. In fact, energy fuels just about…

Homebuilding barriers keeping Canada’s biggest economy on a leash

Policies can affect how quickly property developers respond to demand for new homes

Homebuilding barriers keeping Canada’s biggest economy on a leashDownload this column on homebuilding in Ontario for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use TORONTO, OTTAWA OUT By Kenneth P. Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute CALGARY, AB Oct 14, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The joint economies of the Toronto, Hamilton, and Oshawa metro areas are home to…

Home building hampered by regulatory hurdles

Smoothing out kinks in the home-building process can pay dividends to anyone looking for a new home

Home building hampered by regulatory hurdlesDownload this column on regulatory hurdles for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use WINNIPEG, REGINA, CALGARY, EDMONTON OUT By Kenneth Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute CALGARY, AB Aug 28, 2015/ Troy Media/ - In Calgary, home prices have more than doubled over the past decade. Despite the…

If governments force Canadians to save more for retirement, voluntary private savings will shrink

A $1 increase reduces private savings – which could be used for home ownership – by around the same amount

If governments force Canadians to save more for retirement, voluntary private savings will shrinkDownload this column on CPP contributions for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use By Charles Lammam and Ian Herzog The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC Jul 23, 2015/ Troy Media/ - In recent years, there’s been a strong push to expand the Canada Pension Plan, and Ontario intends to launch an additional…

Red tape plays a role in Vancouver housing price inflation

Why Vancouver housing is so unaffordable

Red tape plays a role in Vancouver housing price inflationDownload this column on Vancouver housing for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use VANCOUVER OUT By Kenneth P. Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC July 21, 2015/ Troy Media/ - As rising housing costs in Metro Vancouver make headlines, municipal policy-makers, including Vancouver’s mayor, are struggling to find…