Long are the days where offering a couple of choices for housing options meets the needs of residents and a city. People’s housing preferences and lifestyles continue to evolve whether you are new to the city or have been a long-term resident. Some people want an urban lifestyle, some will want a yard, some may want to be close to a park and on top of that, some may want and can include single detached home, live in a multi-unit or high density structure. In addition, housing diversity provides affordability options.
Ensuring a selection of housing is also good for the city. When residents are in a dwelling that makes sense for them, it benefits themselves economically and socially and ultimately the city as well. As a result, the City of Regina created a Housing Strategy to provide guidance to the type of housing Regina should have overall (such as multi-unit, ownership vs rental), vacancy rates as well as the percent of houses that should be affordable to low and moderate income households.
The Government of Canada is also currently working on a National Housing Strategy, Let’s Talk Housing. The study sought input on a continuum of housing needs from homelessness, social hosing, rental, to ownership and housing finance. It will also include topics on sustainability, affordability, inclusivity and flexibility of housing options. It will be interesting to hear the results, including the voice of Canadians and watch the influence this will have in dwelling choices.
To keep Regina growing smarter and sustained, we support a mix of housing forms in every neighbourhood.