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Dec 04

Achieving Stability and Growth in the Canadian Housing Market

Toronto ON, C.D. Howe Institute, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300

Special Policy Conference

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The C.D. Howe Institute is pleased to announce the theme of the 2019 Annual Housing Conference: Achieving Stability and Growth in the Canadian Housing Market. The conference will explore the “new normal” of housing demand, and our speakers will discuss policy options for achieving affordable and sustainable housing in Canada. The Institute's conference will convene senior-level industry representatives, policymakers and leading experts to evaluate the Canadian housing market and housing finance changes, and to recommend future policy choices.


Member $200 | Guest $400 | Table of 6 $1,300

Please contact Jacquelin, Event Planner, to register:jwong@cdhowe.org.


Session I – What is the New Normal for the Canadian Housing Market?

Key discussion points include:

· Years of low interest rates led to an unprecedented rise in house prices. With that came a series of policies meant to slow down growth in household debt. Have we reached an equilibrium?

· What have been the intentional and unintentional consequences of the B-20 mortgage stress tests? Is there any room for flexibility?

· How are Canadian demographics changing, and what impact is this having on the housing market? What can we expect over the next decade?

· How will the federal government’s recent changes to the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive affect demand and affordability? Are shared-equity mortgages a viable solution to housing affordability, or does it expose taxpayers to unnecessary risk?


Session II – What Does the Future Hold for Canada’s Housing Market?

Key discussion points include:

· The housing market varies a great deal in different regions across the country. How can different regions in Canada achieve an affordable and sustainable housing market?

· Will the federal government’s commitment to invest an additional $10 billion dollars towards housing supply be enough to meet demand? What are some other policy solutions we can explore?

· What levers exist for the different levels of government? How do their policy interventions interact with one another?

· What have other jurisdictions done to manage affordability? What can we learn from these examples?


Keynote Luncheon 

Speaker to be announced.




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