• Piotr Boruslawski

City of Montreal’s new “Métropole mixte” bylaw now in effect starting this month

The new bylaw requires the private sector to be part of the solution to housing problems in the city, forcing developers of projects larger than five units to include a certain proportion of social, affordable or family-sized units in their plans. There are varying mechanisms: from building the units within new construction, ceding other property or paying financial compensation to the city to create social housing; reducing the price below market value for people eligible to take advantage of affordable housing programs; and ensuring a certain percentage of larger units suitable for families are in development. Could West Island municipalities follow suit?

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