Canada is facing a distinctly urban housing crisis. After decades of relative disengagement, federal and provincial governments are now working to manage the housing crisis. The 2017 National Housing Strategy (NHS) represents a potentially substantive shift not only in the degree of governmental engagement in housing development and affordability, but also in the role of municipalities and communities.
This graduate fellow presentation will examine the implications for Toronto of recent national re-engagement in housing policy. It will analyze major elements of the National Housing Strategy, assess how it differs from previous housing policy efforts, and explore the new policy tools and approaches the federal government is using to engage local partners in the development and management of new housing stock. It will discuss the implications of this new approach for managing the country’s worsening urban housing crisis and for empowering municipalities and local communities in the process.
James Ankers is the 2020-2021 Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellow in Municipal Finance and Governance. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto and his research focuses on Canadian housing policy, particularly the relationship between housing, the welfare state, and social policy.
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