SCARP alum Katrina Tarnawsky's capstone on housing affordability featured in CMHC

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Now-alum of SCARP Katrina Tarnawsky's Capstone was recently featured by the Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation in their latest Housing Supply Report!

About Tarnawsky's report

Proximity to amenities: considerations for where we build new housing supply

The report examined where new housing was being built in Canada. It found that almost 80% of new homes in Canada’s largest cities were in low-amenity neighbourhoods, and fewer than 10% were in high-amenity neighbourhoods. 

"Location matters: we need to build in regions where affordability challenges are greatest. Additionally, we need to ensure that residents of new housing have access to amenities and services within a region. Building new housing close to amenities like health care and public transit — or ensuring they’re developed together — would contribute to the quality of the communities created."

A summary is written in CMHC's Housing Market Information Housing Supply Report for April 2023 (featured on pages 12 and 13). 

Or: Read the full report

 About CHMC

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is Canada’s national housing agency. It is a crown corporation responsible to Parliament. 

CMHC works to make housing affordable for everyone in Canada; on the basis 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.

To this end they mobilise the expertise and energy of governments, non-profits, lenders, developers, social entrepreneurs and co-ops to create the future of housing. 

I'm unbelievably humbled and grateful that my research has been given a national profile and will hopefully get planners, industry, and elected officials thinking about how we can better deliver critically-needed housing supply across Canada. And not just as a simple quantity of dwelling units, but considering the quality of the location where construction is being focused.

Katrina Tarnawsky graduated from SCARP's Master of Community and Regional Planning program.

She is now a Long-Range Planner for the City of Beaumont, seeking to build and enrich communities by fostering connection through well-designed, sustainable, and equitable spaces.

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