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Housing & Social Services
The people the suburbs were built for are gone
A new book documents the “retrofitting” of obsolete suburban malls, box stores, office parks, parking lots, motels, and more.
Nationwide response to Round One of the Housing Supply Challenge
123 teams from across Canada propose solutions to tackle housing supply challenges.
How Data Is Key to Addressing Canada’s Housing Crisis
Canadian housing data is often outdated, inconsistent and not openly available. What can we do about that?
Partnering for success: a teamwork approach to breaking down housing supply barriers
Six tips to find the right partner to advance your housing supply solution.
How Rethinking Affordable Homes Connects with the Climate Fight
Experts in Canada and beyond see overlapping solutions to two crises: housing affordability and climate change.
Toronto wants to add garden suites to neighbourhood housing options
Toronto wants to add garden suites to its expanding tool kit of options for boosting the supply of homes in established neighbourhoods that are rich in amenities such as schools and transit but don’t have much in the way of affordable or rental housing.
Toronto laneway houses are the new rental alternatives to condos and apartments
Toronto is on track to have about 100 new laneway houses this year and the newest builds are a creative way to increase rental housing options in the city.
Resilience Planning Series - Taking a Data-Driven Approach to Affordable Housing
The role of the planning professional in a sustainable, affordable, and equitable housing policy and design is more critical than ever. When people are not able to afford to live in the community in which they work, it can result in undesirable sprawl in surrounding communities, and even with an excellent transit system, increased traffic on roadways.
The resilient city: Why Canadian metropolises will thrive despite the pandemic
Urban dwellers have been fantasizing about escaping to the suburbs and countryside since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. But while the virus is reshaping our cities, they will still be centres of growth and vibrancy in the years to come.
CUG+R and NAIMA Launch Online Training for Construction Industry
In partnership with the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association of Canada (NAIMA Canada), the Centre for Urban Growth + Renewal has developed an online training resource to help workers in the construction industry become more familiar with retrofitting in occupied buildings.
Tower Renewal: A Field Guide to Retrofits in Occupied Buildings
The Centre for Urban Growth + Renewal has released a new “Field Guide” designed to assist apartment owners, the construction industry and apartment residents navigate retrofit construction projects in Canada.
Preserving older buildings and low rents: a growing movement to rehab rather than build new
Could preserving older buildings be an effective affordability strategy?
New initiative designed to build net-zero housing will help meet nutritional needs in remote communities as well
Besides drastically improving the affordability of living in remote communities, the initiative is also expected to provide numerous jobs for community members.
‘Tiny Townhomes’ Could Fill Empty Lots across Vancouver, Says Builder
A Vancouver builder is urging the city to take a look at building what he calls “tiny townhomes” on small vacant lots throughout the city as one possible solution to rising homelessness and persistent tent cities.
Vancouver company leads the way in innovative home deconstruction
An innovative Vancouver company is trying to change the way houses are torn down by salvaging every last scrap of reusable material — and it turns out to be good for not only the environment, but also the bottom line.
Supporting Affordable Housing for Canadian Seniors Living in Rural Communities
This Policy Lab report outlines policy options to facilitate access to affordable and adequate housing for seniors living in rural areas, with particular attention to low and middle-income seniors.
Affordable housing is not just a big city problem
58 per cent of people living in Atlantic Canadian cities report that their neighbourhood is less affordable compared to five to 10 years ago.
Remote communities are turning to renewable energy systems
Communities pivot away from fossil fuels for heat and electricity generation.
Tech - Yes, Tech - Can Solve The Root Issues Of Homelessness
Apps and digital platforms have solved everything from how we hail rides to find dates. It can also be leveraged to address root causes of homelessness. Here are some solutions working today.
Could co-operative housing be a solution for greener, sustainable living?
See examples of co-operative, intentional living working in urban and rural communities.
A proven way to end homelessness in Canada
5 Canadian cities test the emerging Housing First model and help over 1,000 people move into safe, stable and affordable housing, with many remaining a decade later.
We Need a New Deal for Affordable Housing
The current crisis makes it clear - if there was ever a moment to seize in advocating for the building of more affordable housing, this is it.
Let’s Fill Our Cities With Taller, Wooden Buildings
Planting trees to ponder carbon dioxide is a known strategy, could the next step be wooden buildings ?
Indigenous Architecture in Canada: A Step Towards Reconciliation
Using architecture as a tool for reconciliation could lead to social change when engaging in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action.
5 design trends that will shape future cityscapes
A new Gensler report anticipates how urban challenges like climate change, health care and airport traffic will influence future city designs.
Can a city solve homelessness with an app?
As cities deploy community-facing apps to alleviate homelessness, questions linger around who the tech is intended to benefit.
Emotional response to city design could guide urban planning
Scenario-testing models are being built to help urban planners and architects to see the impact of their designs.
The ‘parasitic’ homes that could change cities
As urban centres face housing shortages and skyrocketing prices, parasitic structures could open the door to a whole new way of living in cities.
Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative
The Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative is based on the idea that the best solutions come from those who live the problem every day. The Initiative aims to tap into this understanding and inspire Indigenous peoples to propose and develop effective solutions.
Low-tech solutions to smart city challenges: Addressing social isolation in our cities
Social isolation is a growing challenge with real economic impacts. It is even linked to higher rates of mortality – about the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day.