Richard Lyall

Richard Lyall

Richard Lyall

Richard Lyall is president of RESCON and has represented the building industry in Ontario since 1991. Contact him at [email protected]

Published Articles by Richard Lyall

New Toronto policy will only raise price of new housing

Toronto council approved an inclusionary zoning policy that will force developers to set aside a percentage of units for affordable housing if they’re putting up condos near transit stations.

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Immigration is key to a healthy construction industry

For decades, we have counted on trades from other countries to bring their skills and expertise to help build our homes and infrastructure.

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Action needed to solve the housing crisis

We are in the middle of a housing crisis, plain and simple, because demand is outpacing supply and, consequently, we’re seeing some very dramatic spikes for the price of homes.

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Federal funds must flow for housing programs

We are in the middle of a housing affordability and supply crisis in Canada, yet the federal government has been dragging its feet on initiatives to increase the supply.

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Toronto’s C2K initiative is a step in the right direction

We are in the middle of a housing crisis here in the GTA and across Ontario—and Canada for that matter. The cost of building new homes continues to rise. The situation is dire and hampering our economic growth.

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How do you tackle GTA’s rental crunch? Increase supply

A recent survey by Abacus Data stated that one-third of non-homeowners in Ontario have given up on ever owning property; another 26 per cent are pessimistic.

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Toronto City Council takes short-sighted view on housing

The move has given builders leeway to stagger shifts and therefore limit the number of construction workers at gathering points on a worksite, such as at a hoist.

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MZOs slice through red tape and streamline approvals process

Municipalities have often been slow in updating zoning to align with provincial land-use planning policy. This ultimately can affect the speed of new housing supply coming to market.

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Parking spaces should reflect demand

A decrease in vehicle ownership and increases in driving alternatives like ride-sharing and public transit has resulted in reduced need for parking spaces by residents who buy units in new developments.

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Trades shortage looms large in construction industry

A shortage of trades would set our industry back and have disastrous effects on our economy. Our province is in desperate need of housing and we must keep building it.

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