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What is rent control, anyway?

Part 1: Rent control, rent freezes, vacancy controls—the terms can be hard to keep track of. This is your reference guide.

Rent control in Ontario is full of loopholes

Part 2: In theory, Canada’s most populous province has protection for tenants. In practice, landlords can find lots of ways to hike up rents.

Above-guideline rent increases are out of control

Part 3: Landlords systematically use AGI applications to bypass provincial guidelines

Arguments against rent control don’t hold up to scrutiny

Part 4: Landlords and developers love scientific-sounding arguments against rent control. There’s just one problem—they’re not true.

Policy solutions and political responses to fix Ontario rent control

Part 5: The policy solutions to skyrocketing rents are quite straightforward—but enacting them means taking on the power of landlords and developers

Resources for tenants to learn about rent control in Ontario

Part 6: Tenants in Ontario have resources available to defend themselves against landlords—and against bad-faith anti-tenant arguments. Here are a few of them.

Electoral reform could be key to solving the housing affordability crisis—and more

Fair voting systems encourage parties to act for the common good, and work across partisan lines, to solve social problems

Parliament is back in session. What’s on the agenda?

With an election looming on the horizon, might we be nearing the end of the Liberal-NDP agreement?

Federal crackdown on illegal short-term rentals is good, but not good enough

If the feds are serious about tackling non-compliant Airbnb-type rentals, they should go after the platforms, not just the users

Beleaguered federal government unlikely to turn the page with restrained fiscal update

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland talks up housing and affordability while austerity looms

Canada is building fewer homes today than during pandemic economy shutdown

Interest rate hikes are behind the collapse of new housing

Parliament is resuming. What should progressives be watching for?

Now that the summer break is over, the federal government is back in session amidst a cost-of-living crisis.

How much is $8.28 billion? Greenbelt giveaway is a gold mine

With that kind of money, developers could buy 60,000 brand new Cadillacs — or 100 high-end private jets

AFB 2024: Affordable housing and homelessness

Alternative Federal Budget: what the federal government could achieve on affordable housing and homelessness

The federal government could make real progress on housing affordability

Federal cabinet ministers are meeting in Charlottetown to discuss the housing crisis

Greenbelt scandal: What does “accountability” mean?

There’s no sign that anybody will face real consequences for the $10 billion giveaway