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Canada releases 'A new vision for housing in Canada'

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Real Estate Professional | 22 Nov 2016, 11:45 AM Agree 0
The Canadian government has unveiled its housing strategy plans, following months of consultation with Canadians and industry stakeholders
  • | 22 Nov 2016, 11:59 AM Agree 0
    Great to see a policie , finding what we need. Action speak louder than policies.
  • steve | 22 Nov 2016, 12:02 PM Agree 0
    Wow, sounds just like a socialists dream!
  • LO | 22 Nov 2016, 12:09 PM Agree 0
    All homes will be reduced to $100.00 and the property under them will revert back to the Feds.
    That works huh, let's see what the property owners think?
  • LanceH | 22 Nov 2016, 12:12 PM Agree 1
    Bunch of jibberish! And worse, as we become more dependent on government we become more dependent on government!
    They need to get out of the way and the market will work fine, rather than stacking one failed policy on top of another failed policy in an attempt to fix it. We in the West are the best countries in the world. The reason for that is we're capitalist democracies. Or - we "were".
    The more socialist we become, the worse things get. This seems lost on everybody. We have more homelessness now than ever, and it's not because the rich are hording all the money (such a stupid concept!!). Gov's at all levels are adding more and more rules, choking our society!
    Did you know it takes 10yrs just to adopt a child in this country? That's why everyone goes to Russia. Pretty bad when the capitalists have to go to Russia to get stuff done! Add to that their ideology - like global warming - is wreaking additional havoc. Gov is the problem, not the solution!
  • | 22 Nov 2016, 12:15 PM Agree 1
    These policy makers are out to lunch. What the government should have been doing was buy land like everyone else and not sell everything. They are our own worse enemy. I want an election!
  • Concerned | 22 Nov 2016, 12:30 PM Agree 1
    Another study done by expensive agencies!! Would love to know how much this study and all that it proposes will cost the poor tax payers. Again, the language is so vague that it all sounds great but promises nothing - except tax increases to the poor middle class to finance all of this. We all know what a failure the City of Toronto was as a landlord - talk about a slum-lord - so it will follow that any Government housing project will help very few of the people that actually need it. However, alot of fat cats along the whole system will just love it.
  • Cynical | 22 Nov 2016, 12:58 PM Agree 1
    More pie in the sky leftist empty and patronizing propaganda. Sure sounds good on paper but related to some of these housing issues are other social issues like mental health, the manner in which Indian reserves are funded and run(which under the current system is a joke), drug use and the ridiculous manner in which socialist governments enable drug addicts and the failure to make individuals more accountable for their behavior, in particular making bad or irresponsible decisions. All it seems to do is create more regulation and control with no real or meaningful results. But sure sounds good on paper.
  • Jocie | 22 Nov 2016, 01:26 PM Agree 1
    The real solution is to bring in more refugees. Give them quick citizenship. Build your vote bank. Be in power for a longer period to implement the housing policy and make sure it is running. Good idea isn't it?!!!.
    Enforce the existing rules and regulations. Be a law abiding country and society. I had occasions to visit low rent apartments and the vicinity of public housing. Drugs, alcohol and what not. One guy offered me alcohol in the elevator. He was already drunk. And already two police vehicle parked outside in connection with another incident.
    If you visit some corners of Toronto of Toronto you will feel that you are in a third world country slum. Most of them are living on tax payers money.
    Bring in more so called refugees with large families, some times with multiple spouses. If they can buy an old house. Divorce and separate. The wife gets the house. The husband lives in the basement and pays the Land lord (wife) rent. Fooling the system. Where else such things can happen? Housing problem, shortage and so on !!.
  • john | 22 Nov 2016, 01:45 PM Agree 1
    Nonsense!!!!!Heard this for 50 years, let market work,reduce all Govt fees,regulations,release land to build.
  • Felix Vortsman | 22 Nov 2016, 01:46 PM Agree 0
    All talk and no action. True to form, the government in their great wisdom likely spent millions of dollars and several months to come up with a rhetorical report and a list of items that have been blatantly obvious for years now. In meantime, they have yet to formulate, discuss, get approved and implement any meaningful solution whatsoever, which of course will take several years before they even begin taking any necessary action whatsoever, that is if any action is ultimately taken at all. This does absolutely nothing for any Canadian looking for affordable housing today, especially those living in Canada's hottest and pricey real estate markets like Toronto and Vancouver. In the meantime, those most in need will remain in need, those who are homeless will remain homeless.
  • Laura | 22 Nov 2016, 04:04 PM Agree 0
    Did you read this before posting it ?
  • Charles Sutton | 22 Nov 2016, 08:21 PM Agree 0
    Just more of the same blah blah blah! Creating a money stream for the wealthy buddies of the Prime Minister and his Cronies.
  • Rude Awakening | 23 Nov 2016, 10:29 AM Agree 0
    As soon as you see an article starting with "new vision on housing..." it should scare you right away. Government - allow markets do the job and stop trying to stop the wheel. Whether a group of people ( read banks, government ) wants to make changes to the industry pursuing their own personal interests, let's face it, Real Estate industry is the only force which keeps the economy wheel turning, allowing for money to be invested, equities built. Many areas are involved; builders, big box stores, furniture stores, dollar stores, list goes on... CAD is low, oil industry is not doing any good to our economy, and government is trying to kill real estate by artificially fixing it? Toronto is a world-class city which is growing, so are the prices. try to find cheap real estate in any large Capital of a developed country anywhere in the world. New comers need places to live, and if one cannot afford, so be it, rent, build budget, start with a condo and move up, just like everyone else started back in a days. I find those who complain the most nowadays are mostly those who spend 2-3 years in the country and cannot afford to buy a property (for example) in High Park area...
  • Bill Grace | 23 Nov 2016, 11:36 AM Agree 0
    Through our small company we offered the Provincial Government a Province Wide Affordable Housing Program packaging the Building Lot, Foundation, Prefabricated Home, Installation Services, Lot Development in a single Package. This Program is designed to take advantage of the low cost lots in rural areas where families live. It also allows families to carry out some of the installment work up to $20,000. or more. In the Province there are 4000 Building Lots on the market. The 1800 Real Estate Agents would be offered the opportunity to participate in the selling process with the opportunity to help rural land owners with another vehicle to market their lots which are hard to sell without improvements. Since the funding for the Homes comes from the Private Sector it is cost effective for Government. The Head of the Housing Department phoned me and stated the Government Could not offer support because it would show favoritism to one company. This decision is being made in spite of the fact no Company is offering this service. Our Program is the most comprehensive in the Industry.
  • susan | 24 Nov 2016, 12:29 PM Agree 0
    Wow we are ready for the next step the government will tell you when you can brush your teeth no way I want an election we have
    elected a socialist to far to the left and he will fix it alright let the open market decide what to do with housing the open market always
    worked best so far .
  • Vel | 27 Nov 2016, 02:25 PM Agree 1
    People have to learn work and save money for food , lodge and all necessary think they need for normal life they have forgot alcohol drugs. How many families you have in Canada on support from government generation by generation, they don't won't to do any work they just respecting money from government
  • J-cloud | 27 Nov 2016, 04:42 PM Agree 0
    In fact .... just some empty words and yet another policy ....
  • J-Cloud | 27 Nov 2016, 04:44 PM Agree 0
    In fact .... just some empty words and yet another policy ....
  • J-Cloud | 27 Nov 2016, 04:45 PM Agree 0
    In fact .... just some empty words and yet another policy ....
  • J-Cloud | 27 Nov 2016, 04:47 PM Agree 0
    In fact .... just some empty words and yet another policy ....
  • Copy and Paster | 27 Nov 2016, 05:09 PM Agree 0
    'Gov is the problem, not the solution!'
    'Related to some of these housing issues are other social issues like mental health, the manner in which Indian reserves are funded and run(which under the current system is a joke), drug use and the ridiculous manner in which socialist governments enable drug addicts and the failure to make individuals more accountable for their behavior, in particular making bad or irresponsible decisions.'
    'Heard this for 50 years, let market work'
    These are statements I agree with, but I can't 'agree' with them without identifying myself. But I can post anything without identity. Hmmmmm......
  • KG | 01 Dec 2016, 01:19 PM Agree 0
    Our government seems to have a HUGE DISCONNECT with the reality of our market. FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS need to be our focus! With all the new policies making it harder and harder to qualify... they have sent a clear message that they are more interested in a capitalistic approach to our real estate market.

    How exactly do the new mortgage approval rules STOP FOREIGN BUYERS? Well the answer is simple, THEY DON'T! Foreign buyers typically don't need financing

    How about implementing a strategy similar to that of Australia where foreign buyers either have to buy brand new or land to build on that needs to be built by local businesses... that way we actually boost our economy rather than damage it.

    We need to wake up and stop "reacting" to the market and be "proactive" in implementing strategies that ensure our kids will be able to buy a home and raise their families.

  • Derek | 04 Dec 2016, 05:32 PM Agree 0
    another government commitee , ( can I get a job on that one ) we have a goverment corporation called CMHC that should know whats going on , just more words I am afraid . How about getting rid of some of the regulations take restrict development and affordablity . How about a Capital gain rollover so people can reinvest in larger revenue units and allow others to buy into smaller units , Free enterprise. The banks and governments are shutting down the ablility for the average person to buy investment properties except those with huge portfolio's , those that can afford to incorporate their holdings.
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