ULI Toronto: Affordable Housing in the GTA: Right Track? Wrong Track?
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NATIONAL HOUSING WEEK
Five-Part Lunch Time Webinar Series
Monday, November 21 – Friday, November 25, 2022 at 12:00PM -1:00PM
ULI MEMBER RATE: $90 for the series of 5
ULI NON MEMBER RATE: $130 for the series of 5
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No issue has dominated the political and industry agenda more in recent years than housing costs and affordability, now ranked the top social/political issue among respondents to this year’s PwC/ULI Emerging Trends in Real Estate survey. From market affordable to deeply subsidized housing, the challenge to arrest spiraling home ownership costs and rent increases appears out of control.
With quality of life and the region’s prosperity at stake, join ULI Toronto for a special five-part webinar series during National Housing Week that explores what most describe as a housing affordability crisis in the GTA: what is fuelling it, the impact of current efforts, and new ideas to truly and sustainably solve for it.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS IN THE GTA: HOW DEEP IS IT?
That the Toronto region faces a severe and worsening crisis of housing affordability is not new, but this rapidly worsening crisis is taking on new urgency. Dominating two elections in 2022 and reaching the top of the federal agenda, ULI Toronto takes stock of the economics and politics of this crisis. On the eve of the anniversary of National Housing Day, are we on the right track or wrong track in delivering affordable housing, including market affordability and subsidized housing?
Moderator: Leslie Woo, CEO, CivicAction
Isabel Cascante, Director, Research, Public Policy and Evaluation, United Way Greater Toronto
Derek Goring, Executive Vice President, Development, Northcrest Developments
Professor Nemoy Lewis, Assistant Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Toronto Metropolitan University
Heela Omarkhail, VP Social Impact, The Daniels Corporation
Craig Ruttan, Senior Director, Policy, Toronto Region Board of Trade
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
SUPPLY, SUPPLY, SUPPLY: WILL TRICKLE DOWN DELIVER AFFORDABILITY?
The federal and provincial housing affordability strategies assume that by enabling massive new housing supply, we can achieve affordability in a competitive marketplace, albeit more for future home purchasers and tenants than those struggling now. Is it even possible to achieve the level of supply envisioned (1.5-2+ million new homes in the next decade), and if so, can a surge of supply deliver the housing affordability that our region needs?
Moderator: Jesse Helmer, Senior Research Associate, Smart Prosperity Institute
Professor Karen Chapple, Director, University of Toronto, School of Cities
Robyn Brown, Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Planning, Arcadis IBI Group
Andrew Garrett, Senior Principal, Real Estate Portfolio, IMCO and Ontario Housing Affordability Task Force Member - Appointed by Ontario's Ministry of Municipal Affair and Housing
Robert Kavcic, Director and Senior Economist, BMO Capital Markets
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
DEMAND SIDE: EXAMINING THE UNDERDISCUSSED SIDE OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND
Markets are defined by supply and demand, and yet the demand side of the housing affordability crisis in the GTA gets much less airtime. Myriad demand pressures and incentives are at play in our housing market. What are these pressures, and how is public policy at each level of government contributing to the region's affordability challenges or solutions in both the ownership and rental markets?
Moderator: Cherise Burda, Executive Director, City Building Research and Innovation, Toronto Metropolitan University
Shaun Hildebrand, President, Urbanation Inc.
Tobias Oriwol, Vice President, Investments, Tricon Residential Inc.
John Pasalis, President and Broker, Realosophy Realty Inc.
Steve Pomeroy, Industry Professor, and Executive Advisor, McMaster University, Canadian Housing Evidence Collaborative (CHEC) and Senior Research Fellow, Carleton University
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
REALITY CHECK: HITS AND MISSES OF GOVERNMENT-SUPPORTED AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING
We've had a decade of public policy and programs - from the National Housing Strategy to Inclusionary Zoning and Housing Now - aimed at delivering affordable rental housing units. How are we doing? How many units are delivered, under construction or in the pipeline in the region? How many are lost or ‘on pause’? What are the implications of Bill 23 (More Homes, Built Faster Act) on affordable rental?
Moderator: Mark Richardson, CTO, Rich Analytics Technical Lead, HousingNowTO.com
Andrew Joyner, Managing Director, Tricon Residential Inc.
Joe Svec, Vice President, Development & Planning, Choice Properties
Ray Sullivan, Executive Director, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association
Chiyi Tam, Executive Director, Kensington Market Community Land Trust
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
RIGHT TO ADEQUATE HOUSING IN CANADA: FAILING THE UNDER-HOUSED AND HOMELESS
The National Housing Strategy introduced on November 22, 2017 promised legislation to implement the government’s commitment to the progressive realization of the “right to housing” as guaranteed in international human rights law. What does this right mean and what is the collective duty across the public and private sectors in Canada to achieve this international standard? More immediately, as winter approaches, how are we meeting our moral obligation to address our worst ever homelessness crisis in the region?
Moderator: Adrienne Pacini, Partner, SHS Consulting
Michael Brooks, CEO, REALPAC
Cheryll Case, Founder and Executive Director, CP Planning and Early Canadian Urban Leader, University of Toronto – School of Cities
Emily Paradis, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Federal Housing Advocate
Mwarigha M.S, Vice President, WoodGreen Community Services