Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association Executive Director Says Housing Affordability Comes Down to Supply

In June of this year, a report by economist Will Dunning indicated that between 2006 and 2021, Ottawa was 24,000 homes short of what should have been built to match population and household demographics.

The chief executive of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association said housing affordability in the capital comes down to supply.

Jason Burggraaf said The Rob Snow Show September 15 that a housing shortage is felt in the province of Ontario and across Canada.

“Governments need to start tackling this problem more seriously,” he said. “We are seeing a significant supply shortfall and that is the fundamental issue of housing affordability.”

Burggraaf noted that in 2020, Scotiabank released a report showing that the number of housing units per 1,000 residents in Ottawa and Gatineau fell from 421 houses to 412 houses in 2020.

In June of this year, a report by economist Will Dunning indicated that between 2006 and 2021, Ottawa was 24,000 homes short of what should have been built to match population and household demographics.

“We are seeing a real supply shortfall, and that is the fundamental problem,” Burggraaf added.

Burggraaf said removing R1 zoning, which only allows construction of single-detached homes, which is seen in established communities, would be beneficial.

Burggraaf said in some areas of Ottawa townhouses, duplexes and triplexes are not allowed to be built.

“Removing this zoning would allow for the increase of a number of homes in this neighborhood fabric,” he said.

Listen to Jason Burggraaf’s full interview below:

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