How affordable is affordable housing?

By Josh Brandon Despite high demand for housing in Winnipeg, some new non-profit housing projects are having difficulties filling some of their suites. Housing that has been officially designated as “affordable” is sitting vacant. Frontline housing advocates are… Read More

Province introduces online calculator for low-income renters

By Josh Brandon If you are a renter in Manitoba paying more than 25 percent of your income in rent, you may be eligible for a benefit of between $20 and $270 per month, thanks to recent changes… Read More

CCPA MB research backs social movements, leveraging change

Evidence-based policy research can exert a powerful force for social change, especially when it stands with the community in its actions and organising. The role of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba is to inform social… Read More

Provincial Record on Housing a Welcome Achievement

By Josh Brandon The Provincial government has released an impressive record of its commitment to build affordable housing across Manitoba. Housing and Community Development Minister Peter Bjornson announced the fulfillment of the Manitoba NDP’s 2009 promise to complete… Read More

Trends in Residential Investment in Winnipeg

By Josh Brandon Manitoba cities inched towards higher density with more apartments and fewer single families homes built in 2013.  Growth in multi-unit residential construction should provide some relief on the critically low vacancy rates Manitoba cities have… Read More

Celebrating our Success: Reaching Beyond the Converted

By Josh Brandon Policy research can sometimes be a lonely occupation. It is easy to worry that the only people listening are the ones who already mostly agree with us about our important goals of reducing poverty, promoting… Read More

Housing Crunch Continues in Manitoba

By Josh Brandon Across Canada, housing prices slowed down in 2013, but in Manitoba, there are no signs of the housing crunch abating.  Last month, the average house price in Winnipeg surpassed $300,000 for the first time ever,… Read More

Winnipeg and Manitoba Housing Data

Once again, here are the updated housing statistics for Winnipeg and Manitoba. CCPA-Manitoba compiles an annual update of housing data from a number of sources including Statistics Canada, CMHC, and the Province of Manitoba. This year’s update is… Read More

Cities to gain new tool for creating affordable housing

by Josh Brandon The ability of municipalities to regulate, permit or prohibit certain types of development activities within their boundaries is one of the most powerful tools of local government. Through proper planning, local governments can help encourage… Read More

National Household Survey and Housing in Manitoba

By Josh Brandon Last week, Statistics Canada released data from the third and final instalment of its 2011 National Household Survey (NHS). The new data dealt with housing and income of Canadians. It is still unclear how compatible… Read More