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Through the Roof: The High Cost of Barriers to Building New Housing in Canadian Municipalities
May 15, 2018 - Benjamin Dachis and Vincent Thivierge

Barriers to increasing housing supply, many stemming from excessive regulation, are driving up the price of homes in Canadian cities by six figures, finds a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute...

Buildings with Benefits: The Defect of Density Bonusing
April 17, 2018 - Aaron Moore

Ontario should scrap arbitrary and opaque density bonusing deals between municipalities and developers, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Buildings with Benefits: The...

Thinking Regionally: How to Improve Service Delivery in Canada’s Cities
October 12, 2016 - Zachary Spicer and Adam Found

For cities across Canada, amalgamation has produced few economies of scale and greatly undermined local autonomy, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Thinking Regionally:...

An Opportunity not to be Wasted: Reforming Ontario’s Recycling Program
July 23, 2015 - Aaron Jacobs

The government of Ontario should make individual producers responsible for recycled products while permitting them to achieve recycling goals as they see fit, according to a new C.D. Howe...

Baffling Budgets: The Need for Clearer and More Comprehensive Financial Reporting by Canada’s Municipalities
January 15, 2014 - Benjamin Dachis and William B.P. Robson

Opaque budgeting methods and financial reports in Canada’s major cities baffle councilors and taxpayers, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Baffling Budgets: The...

Curbs on demand won’t solve surging house prices in Canada - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
The cost of housing has been going through the roof in many parts of Canada. Most government policies have focused on curtailing the demand for housing. Ontario and B.C. have introduced foreign-...
Schwanen, Wyonch, Dachis - Ahead of the Curve: The Big Picture Issues for the Ontario Election
Intelligence Memos
From: Daniel Schwanen, Rosalie Wyonch and Benjamin Dachis To: Ontario voters Date: May 15, 2018 Re: Ahead of the Curve: The Big Picture Issues for the Ontario Election The Ontario election campaign...
Robson, Omran - Rating the Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments
Intelligence Memos
From: William Robson and Farah Omran To: Canada’s Finance Ministers Date: May 3, 2018 Re: Rating the Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments Canada’s senior governments tax and spend a...

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