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1. Fixing Ontario’s rental housing crisis
On June 7th, Ontario Progressive Conservative party leader Doug Ford was elected the province’s new premier in a majority vote that has left some industries fearing the worst and others optimistic of much-needed change. Since Ford launched his campaign, the rental housing industry has been vocally in favour of a PC win, citing former premier Kathleen Wynne’s restrictive legislation as one of the major obstacles to new housing development.
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2. Canadian steel sector urges caution on tariffs

With the Government of Canada’s retaliation against unfair U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, the Canadian Coalition for Construction Steel (CCCS) is urging the government to act cautiously before taking further action, including safeguards, which could severely disrupt the construction industry in Canada. Read More »

3. Halifax office vacancy rate dips modestly
Halifax continues to suffer the highest office vacancy rate of any major Canadian market east of Alberta. However, a recent survey of more than 20 million square feet of commercial space across the regional municipality finds some relatively strong pockets and at least a modest dip from last year’s levels almost everywhere. Read More »
4. Downtown Montreal office market making gains
Employment growth and a GDP uptick surpassing the national average underpin healthy office demand in downtown Montreal. Rents are rising, the availability rate remains steady even with the arrival of newly completed space and construction crews are busy on in-progress projects. Read More »
5. Banff’s iconic Mount Royal Hotel reopens
The Mount Royal Hotel, located in the heart of Banff, officially reopened its doors on July 1 to welcome the community and guests back to the historic property. Read More »
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