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The pandemic's impact on housing in Canada


"Stay at home" directives to curb the COVID-19 pandemic have made housing top-of-mind. Across the country, Canadians are concerned about their ability to pay rent or access shelter. Others are reconsidering their housing needs as they spend more time at home working and learning. As the pandemic continues to affect employment and the economy, it raises questions about the state of housing markets and the design of our communities, along with calls for action to increase affordability and access.

This webcast will bring together experts to outline the impacts of the pandemic on housing, along with potential paths forward. The discussion will include an update on the economic effects of COVID-19, housing market forecasts and government responses. It will also explore what the pandemic has exposed about the realities faced by vulnerable people in Canada's current housing market.


Register today to join the webcast on Tuesday June 30th, 2020 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm EDT.


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CMHC exists for a single reason: to make housing affordable for everyone in Canada. We know that housing helps people stay employed, do better in school and participate more fully in society. Housing affordability and a stable housing finance system support a stronger, safer Canada where everyone can live with dignity.

Affordable housing for all is an ambitious goal, and we can’t do it alone. We’re mobilizing the expertise and energy of governments, non-profits, lenders, developers, social entrepreneurs and co-ops to create the future of housing. Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy is just one example. Together, we’re removing barriers to ensure that no one is left behind.






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