Why is Rural Ontario Housing So Expensive?

Towns and smaller cities across Ontario already faced affordable housing difficulties. Then came the influx of people during the pandemic, pushing prices way up and supply way down. For some insights on the urgent need for solutions, we invite: Lisa Lance, rental agent and owner of Relocation-By-Lisa; Robin Jones, mayor of the Village of Westport and President of ROMA, the Rural Ontario Municipal Association; Wayne Caldwell, professor of rural planning and development at the University of Guelph; and Matthew Mendelsohn, visiting professor and founder of First Policy Response at Ryerson University.
January 25, 2022 - 29:42

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