Resources

2017 Rent Increase Guidelines

The 2017 rent increase guideline is 1.5% for increases between January 1 and December 31, 2017.

CMHC Guide to Renting in Ontario

  • Purchase and Refinance – Loan-to-Value ratios up to 80%.
  • No application fee required.
  • Streamlined automated processing through emili.
  • Flexible financing options – Single advance and progress advances are available.
  • CMHC offers mortgage loan insurance premium refunds for homeowners who purchase an energy-efficient home or make energy-saving renovations to an existing home. See CMHC Green Home for more information.

Residential/Tenancy Act

Province to make home inspectors get a license

Looking to get a home inspection done ahead of a purchase? You may need to ask to see their credentials if a proposed bill is passed into law.

How Property Tax Reassessments Work in Ontario

Property taxes get really confusing. We walk you through how the MPAC reassessment works.

CMHC Permitting Secondary Suites for Qualifying

Secondary suites are an important supply of rental housing in many cities, towns and rural communities across Canada.

New mortgages continue to rise in Canada

In Canada1 there were just over one million new mortgage loans in 2016, for a 1.4% increase compared to 2015.2 Out of these loans, 39.6% were extended to new-owners and 9.5% to homeowners moving to a new home.

 

 

407 ETR East Extension.

The Big Move 2031

Highway 401 Widening

Ontario Expanding GO Rail Service in Durham Region

Extension From Oshawa to Bowmanville Will Create Jobs and Drive Economic Growth

Plans for development around the future Courtice and Bowmanville GO stations

Instead of prioritizing parking lots, Clarington should create neighbourhoods around two new GO train stations in Courtice and Bowmanville to include pedestrian access and a mix of uses from housing to cafés, according to a consultant’s report to council.

Operator seleted to run Durham casinos

An operator has been selected to run two casinos in Durham Region and one at Woodbine Racetrack. A consortium of Great Canadian Gaming Corp. and Brookfield Business Partners LP will operate the Slots at Ajax Downs, the Great Blue Heron Casino in Port Perry and the Woodbine site. The two businesses will operate the casinos for 22 years.

 

 

 

Knowing the Seaton Community Development

Pickering Airport to be built

The Apostolopoulos family plans to build a mini-Vegas in Pickering, Ont.

At the corner of Church and Bayly streets in Pickering, Ont., sit 226 acres of grass, shrubs and a few clusters of trees next to Highway 401. It is a rare undeveloped patch of land in an area populated by low-slung strip malls and industrial buildings. The only structure on the site today is the Pickering Pentecostal Church. Soon, that humble house of prayer could be dwarfed by a sprawling tourist complex, anchored by a casino and a five-star hotel.

 

Ajax – Public square and 1,800 residential units slated for Ajax site

Durham College’s Whitby Campus Project

230 Million Dollar Expansion At The Oshawa Centre

Unit House Registration Form

Residential Rental Housing Licensing (RRHL) By-law

Residential rental properties located in the vicinity of Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (DC/UOIT) must be licensed under the Residential Rental Housing Licensing (RRHL) By-law. The RRHL By-law requires that residential rental houses in the vicinity of DC/UOIT must be licensed and comply with various standards and by-laws, including the Fire Code, Electrical Code, Building Code and the City’s Zoning and Property Standards By-law(s). Refer to the links below for additional information, application forms and documents related to the Residential Rental Licensing Process.

Metrolinx looking to expropriate Oshawa Knob Hill Farms lands

Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology (DC/UOIT)

Residential Rental Licencing Area

Proposal to Amend the Oshawa Official Plan and Zoning By-law No. 60-94 Related to Accessory 

Part II Plan for the Kedron Planning Area, Concept Plan for the North Kedron Industrial Area and Concept Plan for the East Windfields Industrial Area

Downtown apartment takes next step

These buildings will have a huge ripple effect in the downtown core. Imagine adding 589 mid to high end tenants to the downtown core. It could have a real effect on adding more shops and restaurants, more activity, and a more lively downtown.

Trent looking at land for campus expansion

Trent University’s Oshawa campus is looking to expand, and for that they are asking for the donation of lands adjacent to their site at 99 Thornton Rd. S. Currently, Trent leases the lands from the city. The new buildings planned for the site include a $38-million academics building and an $18-million student residence.

Region to investigate Bloor Street expansion

Train commuters are no strangers to the long wait it takes to get out of the GO train parking lot after work. Now, the region is going to take a look at the possibility of adding a second lane to accommodate the extra traffic.

City moves to collect from vacant land owners

If you are sitting on a piece of vacant industrial land in Oshawa, your local councillors think you should pay the price.

Could condos be coming to the waterfront?

Another slice of Oshawa’s waterfront could be scooped up for residential development. The historic piece of lakefront property has been a question mark for years. West of Park Road South and south of Renaissance Drive, the privately-owned slice of open space known as the Maurac Lands to city officials has been vacant for decades.

Collaborative build one of Oshawa’s largest

A new chunk of suburban bliss is coming to Oshawa, and it’s a big one. Four landowners have come together to turn a nearly 450-acre section of land north of Conlin Road East, between Harmony and Townline roads, into a subdivision that could hold roughly five per cent of Oshawa’s population.

One of Canada’s fastest growing economies is in Oshawa

Oshawa, once known as an automotive manufacturing powerhouse, has evolved into a health sciences and education hub.

The impact of government intervention

The City of Oshawa is discussing expanding their “Residential Rental Housing Licencing” to the ENTIRE CITY instead of the current licencing zone around the University. If you wish to be heard, contact Kenneth Man, from the city of Oshawa (kman@oshawa.ca) and ask to be included in the mailing list for future council meetings related to this subject.

 

Clarington wants the GO train.

Clarington council approves purchase of land for future GO Train station

Despite not having a formal announcement about expanding GO Train service to Bowmanville, Clarington is buying land for a future GO station. Council has approved the $2.7 million purchase of 34-acres of land on the west side of Courtice Road, near Bloor Street.

Feds announce transit funding that will help build GO to Bowmanville

According to representatives in Clarington, they expect the GO to be pulling up at the Bowmanville station by 2024.

Cobourg looks at financing downtown vitalization

Port Hope properties tested for radiation

Port Hope Area Initiative

Cobourg downtown vitalization idea brings art to vacant shops

Cobourg resident Warren McCarthy came up with the idea to fill Cobourg’s vacant shop windows with art last spring when his wife, a member of the Pine Ridge Art Association, was lamenting that artists don’t have enough places to show their work.

Port Hope cleanup focus of CNSC meeting

PORT HOPE – Described as one of the biggest low-level radioactive waste cleanups in Canada into the largest facilities in all of North America, the Port Hope Area Initiative was the focus of a Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission update meeting in Port Hope.

Lakehead U. could gain 800 students in Orillia

What you need to know about student housing in Orilla

Orillia’s oldest road to be widened

Orillia’s Lakehead University Campus

6. Schools join forces to offer four-year program

Secondary Suites are king in Kingston

City of Belleville celebrates their 200th year in existence

Here is a neat promo video on the city of Belleville as they celebrate their 200th year in existence

Transit plan will link Midland and Penetanguishene to Barrie

Simcoe County’s two per cent tax increase in 2017 will go to connecting communities, setting aside cash for a long-term care, building affordable housing

What is the Highway 400-404 Connecting Link?

The Highway 400–404 Connecting Link is a proposed 16.2 kilometre, four-lane controlled access highway that will provide an east-west connection between Highway 400 in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Highway 404 in the Town of East Gwillimbury.

LRT will completely transform Mississauga

Mississauga’s LRT will do for the city what the subway did for Toronto, creating a much denser, tightly knit place than its suburban past.