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Are you concerned about housing affordability? Whether you're looking to become a first-time home buyer or own your own property now, we want to hear from you! There are many factors affecting Canadians' ability to afford their own homes. Tell us about your experience. Are you facing any roadblocks as you try to become a…

How the New Federal Government Can Improve Housing Affordability in Canada

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The discussion around housing affordability in Canada, particularly in the media and among some federal officials, focuses heavily on the impact of an interest rate increase and high household debt levels on Canada’s financial stability. In response, federal officials have applied demand-side measures that limit access to homeownership. Only recently has the discussion about housing…

Housing Affordability: Where Do We Go From Here?

Example of mixed housing types in pursuit of housing affordability

Throughout the recent federal election campaign, the Canada Home Builders’ Association worked diligently to put, and keep, housing affordability front and centre. All parties addressed housing affordability in some way, often adopting CHBA recommendations in full or in part. The importance of making life more affordable for Canadians was also addressed in the December 5,…

Final homeownership thoughts before the polls: debt vs. investment and housing supply

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Over the last five weeks, housing affordability has been top of mind for Canadians, and for politicians. All four major parties have included measures to address housing affordability in their platforms. A national debate on housing took place on October 6, 2019, and there has been a steady stream of media articles talking about the…

CHBA Welcomes Platform Measures for First-Time Homebuyers

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The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) has been monitoring all political parties as they announce platform measures to improve housing affordability. Today’s announcement from the Conservative Party of Canada – that it would introduce new measures to make it easier for first-time homebuyers to purchase a home – incorporates key measures that CHBA has been…

2019 Federal Election: A Unique Opportunity to Help Unlock the Door to Homeownership

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The writ has been dropped and Canadians are going to the polls on October 21. The coming federal election serves as a unique opportunity to help unlock the door to homeownership! The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) has been at the forefront of the effort to help unlock the door for thousands upon thousands of…

Climate Change and Affordability – Getting it right

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Like housing affordability, climate change is a top-of-mind issue for Canadians. And there's an important role that housing can play. But smart climate change policy is required to ensure that addressing climate change doesn’t put homeownership further out of reach. The federal government has policy levers to address climate change and improve affordability in tandem…

The Housing Continuum

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Housing in Canada works as a continuum. Those who are in core housing need (like emergency shelters) are on one end, and those who can purchase market-rate housing (or rent if they prefer) are on the other. It looks like this: Canadians Want to Own their Homes About 94% of Canadians either live in a…

About the Canadian Home Builders’ Association

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CHBA’s Mission Statement: CHBA’s mission is to support our members and their ability to meet the aspirations of Canadians for housing affordability, quality and choice. The Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) has been the voice of Canada's residential construction industry for over 76 years. Started in 1943, our not-for-profit association represents one of the largest…

What is the Missing Middle?

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Have you ever noticed that some neighbourhoods are made up of only one kind of house that would appeal to a very specific buyer? Have you ever been frustrated that there’s nowhere to shop in your neighbourhood within walking distance? It’s a common problem in Canada, and one that we call “the missing middle.” If…