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Policy briefs

The Roundtable regularly publishes policy briefs and reports to equip government and other actors across the housing system in addressing the housing challenges facing Canadians. Our research focuses on solutions that support implementation of the National Housing Strategy and contribute to a strong housing system. 

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May 2021

An acquisition program to preserve affordable rental housing

This brief and accompanying presentation provide a detailed model for
an acquisition program to enable rapid non-profit
acquisition of existing affordable rental buildings.

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February 2019

Promising practices in affordable housing: Evolution and innovation in BC and Quebec

This paper examines BC and Quebec’s success in delivering affordable and social housing and the mechanisms that have enabled this success. It examines the ecosystem as the critical context and basis for these results.


January 2021

Three policies needed for a healthy housing system

Three immediate and actionable solutions to urgently strengthen key areas of housing system where the COVID-19 pandemic is hurting the most vulnerable:

  1. An acquisition program to preserve affordable rental

  2. Developing a COVID-19 rental arrears response

  3. Empowering greater collaboration to reduce homelessness through Housing First policies

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September 2019

National Housing Collaborative: Reflections and analysis of a process

This report presents a first-hand account of the Collaborative experience and lessons learned, as understood by the people who witnessed its impact on the National Housing Strategy policy development process, and resulting policy outcomes. Essential reading for anyone trying to influence policy through system-level collaboration.

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March 2019

Tower renewal and retrofit finance: Supporting the repair and renewal of Canada's aging apartment stock

This paper examines the costs of engaging in key repair and renewal works, the financial capacity for building owners to engage in these works, and the factors motivating whether they will do so.

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October 2016

A new housing affordability agenda for Canada: Submission to the National Housing Strategy

This paper offers four policy proposals to make the vision of housing affordability a reality for all Canadians: 1) Adopt a national goal and launch a pan-Canadian initiative to end homelessness; 2) Develop a national housing benefit that provides direct financial assistance to renters; 3) Increase and maintain supply of market and non-market rental housing through innovative capital tools; and 4) Provide leadership and resources for social housing sector transformation. 

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