Featuring Jennifer Keesmaat, Nemoy Lewis, Jason Mercer, Diana Petramala, and Eli Singer (see below for bios).
The University of Toronto Association of Geography Alumni (UTAGA) and The Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society (TUGS) are pleased to host a panel discussion on the growing problem of housing affordability in the GTA in a post-pandemic world.
Housing affordability has been a hot issue in Toronto, and in many other Global (and indeed smaller) Cities, for decades, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only served to make it much more acute. Despite predictions of price decreases, since 2020 the home index price has risen 13% and increasing prices have raised ongoing concerns about the affordability of housing in GTA municipalities. Several Canadian municipalities have already declared a housing crisis and the Federal Government has pledged $1 Billion to construct new affordable housing and supportive housing units through the Rapid Housing Initiative. However much remains to be addressed. It is within this uncertainty that we ask five panelists to speak to the issue of housing affordability in Toronto. Specifically, we ask our panelists about the nature of the housing future they envision for the GTA and what issues stand to impede or aid the realization of these futures going forward.
UTAGA and TUGS are pleased to host a panel discussion that focusses on the housing affordability crisis in the GTA, with an emphasis on causes, effects, and possible public policy responses. Our panelists include professionals and scholars who approach the issue from a variety of perspectives including those from the real estate market analysis and affordable housing planning industries, from academic planning and human geographic sectors on right to the city and equity and from the from the perspective of housing economics.