Richard Lyall is president of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON). He has represented the building industry in Ontario since 1991. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To build 65,000 units, the City of Toronto must start producing 11,000 units a year for the next six years. That’s a tall order, in and of itself. But to become their own builder-developer is another thing entirely.
To make inroads in the housing crisis plaguing our cities, we must focus squarely on systemic issues, particularly at the municipal level.
Ontario is experiencing a shortage of urban planners, but ensuring there are enough is essential to move the needle on housing.
The Toronto housing crisis is a problem we must solve. Judging by the mayoral race debate, some leaders get it, but many still do not.
A lasting fix for Ontario's housing supply crisis requires all three levels of government and the industry to get on the same page.
Digital twins have taken on increased importance as we are going to have to figure out ways to build better and quicker in Ontario.
In light of Ontario's current housing supply crisis, we should be embracing innovative prefabricated homes as a solution.
Development charges are out of control, and removing them for affordable and non-profit housing is the right course of action for Ontario.
For too long, heritage designations have been used as a cover for NIMBY activity, writes RESCON President Richard Lyall.