White House urges deregulation to boost housing supply—Canadian policymakers should take note

Housing availability and affordability isn’t just an issue in Canada. It’s also a concern in the United States, where the White House recently released a so-called Housing Development Toolkit aimed at informing municipalities on how to increase housing affordability.Remarkably, five of the 10 recommendations are deregulatory in nature, and are aimed at boosting the housing supply rather than curtailing demand. Canadian policymakers could learn from this hands-off approach to encouraging a healthy housing supply.The White House Toolkit calls for several measures including: establishing “by-right” development, which allows for speedier building approvals if building plans conform with current zoning; streamlining or

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