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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/31407

Title: Rational Reform of Housing Access Policy in Ontario
Authors: Ries, Benjamin Carter
Advisor: Trebilcock, Michael
Department: Law
Keywords: housing
public housing
social housing
affordable housing
low-income housing
rental housing
housing rights
right to housing
residential tenancies
rent control
lease
contract
property
poverty
welfare
planning
rent-geared-to-income
RGI
subsidy
zoning
maximin
law
distributive justice
corrective justice
efficiency
Pareto
Kaldor-Hicks
Ontario
Canada
shelter
ICESCR
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Charter
structural theory
elasticity
vacancy decontrol
Issue Date: 19-Dec-2011
Abstract: Ontario’s current regulatory approach to low-income housing lies between two primary challenges: the human right to housing, and political/fiscal constraints. This thesis draws on legal theory and economic analysis of law to articulate the proper goals of housing access policy. A structural theory is proposed to explain the normative relationship between efficiency, communitarianism and justice in housing. An array of regulatory options are compared and considered in light of the features that characterize Ontario’s low-income rental housing markets. This analysis favours demand-side housing subsidies to low-income households, combined with supply-side tax expenditures to improve elasticity in the low-income rental market. Further reform of rent and covenant controls, social and affordable housing supply, and land use planning is recommended to ensure an efficient residential tenancy market. These reforms are offered as a framework for the implementation of the human right to housing in Ontario.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/31407
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