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2017 FRPO Mac Awards winners
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The 2017 FRPO Mac Awards gala was held on Thursday, November 30th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The MAC Awards provide the opportunity for the Ontario rental housing industry to celebrate innovation and a commitment to quality, while recognizing everything that goes into promoting the brand of rental housing.
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Rental supply shortages fuel demand
According to CMHC’s 2017 Rental Market Survey, the average vacancy rate for purpose-built rental apartment units across all surveyed centres decreased from 3.7 per cent in October 2016 to 3.0 per cent in October 2017.
Sectors compare and contrast operating pressures
While commercial property managers grapple with the opportunities of big data and the risks of cyber-adversaries, the rowdy partier, courtesy of Airbnb, may be the most prevalent and unnerving face of digital disruption in the multifamily environment. 
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Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan: The Impact on Ontario Apartment Owners
On April 20, 2017, the Ontario Provincial Government released the Ontario Fair Housing Plan. The 16-point plan was introduced by the Premier of Ontario as a, “comprehensive package of measures to help more people find affordable homes, increase supply, protect buyers and renters and bring stability to the real estate market.”
Fort McMurray landlords scrutinized in 2016-17
The Alberta government’s recently released report on consumer protection violations over past the fiscal year highlights residential tenancy complaints in Fort McMurray, but other types of malfeasance were more prevalent province-wide.
Réseau Sélection acquires three Montreal retirement homes
Réseau Sélection announced it has acquired three retirement homes in Montreal, all of which were previously owned by Prével Retraite and the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ.
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Feds open to private sector housing partners
Private sector housing partners figure in Canada’s newly unveiled national housing strategy, which includes targets for upgrading existing affordable accommodations and pledges to support home ownership. 
Mississauga boosts efforts to mitigate invasive insects
Mississauga will be implementing an aerial spray program next spring to mitigate gypsy moths and cankerworms on both City and private property in specified areas forecasted for severe defoliation.
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Property owners and managers are placing increased focus on the energy efficiency performance of their buildings. One key area that should not be overlooked when evaluating building energy efficiency performance is control system commissioning and recommissioning.
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Sidewalk Toronto reimagines the waterfront
Building on the city’s tech boom to create new economic opportunity, Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto have come together to launch a technological testbed, known as Sidewalk Toronto. Blending cutting-edge, digital technology with human-centred urban design, Sidewalk Toronto’s goal is to create modern, mixed-use communities that are connected, sustainable and affordable.
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