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RioCan and Concert team up on Toronto development
RioCan and Concert are pleased to announce the signing of a firm agreement on May 17, 2017, with RioCan selling a 50 per cent interest in Sunnybrook Plaza at a sale price of $26.3 million ($52.5 million at 100 per cent) to Concert.
More family-sized rentals needed to ease housing crisis
A new report by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA) suggests about 70 per cent of Ontarians live in homes with too little or too much space for their households.
Ontario’s investment in affordable rental housing
Addressing Toronto’s affordable housing crisis, Minister of Housing Chris Ballard announced a $58.8 million investment from the province and federal government in affordable rental housing in Toronto.
Affordable Housing Crisis Sparks Innovation
Canada’s affordable housing crisis is escalating. Currently, 40 per cent of renters across the country spend more than 30 per cent of their before-tax income on rent and utilities, putting them at risk of being homeless. Meanwhile, population growth and the costs of home ownership continue to rise in key cities.
Green projects join CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has picked a diverse set of 16 green building projects across Canada to participate in a two-year pilot of its Zero Carbon Building Standard.
Ontario to revise land use planning appeals system
In an effort to give Ontario communities a stronger voice and ensure citizens have access to faster, fairer and more affordable hearings, the province plans to overhaul its land use planning appeals system.
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Built Environment Technology Association launches
A new international organization, the Built Environment Technology Association, has been established to equip the real estate, construction, design, urban planning and facility management industries to better understand and utilize contemporary and developing technologies for the built environment.
Backup power critical to hurricane preparedness
Many facilities rely on backup power when a natural disaster occurs. Backup power is for anyone who doesn’t want their business to experience downtime due to a hurricane or other natural disaster that has the potential to knock out a facility’s prime power source.
Energy benchmarking leads to energy-saving tech
According to a survey conducted in 2016 by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, facility managers in New York City that measure the energy performance of their buildings are investing in energy-saving technologies and operational improvements in order to increase their buildings’ energy efficiency.

Reliable Elevators Act passes second reading
A private member’s bill proposing time limits for elevator repairs passed second reading at the Ontario legislature last month. If it becomes law, the Reliable Elevators Act would require maintenance contractors to restore out-of-service elevators within 14 days in most buildings and within seven days in long-term care and retirement homes.
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