Ryerson Affordable Homeownership Project

Ryerson Affordable Homeownership Project

TAS recognizes the opportunity we have to play a key role in pushing ahead the affordable housing conversation in the city. As private-sector developers, we have the advantage of bringing specialized knowledge about the opportunities and constraints of providing affordable homeownership from a developer’s perspective.

Over the past 4 months TAS has been working with an undergraduate class at Ryerson’s School of Urban and Regional Planning to explore solutions for affordable homeownership in Ontario. The studio class – led by Professor Steven Webber – culminated in a presentation of their final report late last year.

The result of 4 months of work was a comprehensive document called, “Affording Affordability: A Study of Best Practices and Policies to Advance Affordable Homeownership in Ontario.”

It does a good job summarizing what policies and tools are currently available, and then makes 3 recommendations for how affordability could be improved. They are: 1) Sweat equity & volunteer labour; 2) Community land trusts; and 3) Cohousing.

Click here to download a copy of the report here.

Many thanks to the students (listed below) for all their hard work. Congratulations once again! We wish them the best of luck in the future.

Studio Research Team:

  • Naadia Ahsan
  • Charles Arbez
  • Tamoor Chaudhary
  • Kevin Cooper
  • Kosta Derbish
  • Dan Dissanayake
  • Zachari Giacomazzo
  • Glenn Herbert
  • Jung Eun (Rachel) Lee
  • Roberto Rene Martinez-Gomez
  • Stephan Posikira
  • Loren Xhaferi

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