Category: housing

Short-term accommodations

Short-term accommodation (STA) refers to renting out private property — from a single room to an entire house — for fewer than 30 days at a time. In Collingwood, outside hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast operations (B&Bs), this is illegal. But a search on sites like Airbnb shows there are hundreds of places doing […]

Are tiny houses the solution?

For lower-tier, and small, municipalities like Collingwood, housing is a challenge, more today with high-interest rates and housing prices. Affordable housing is under the jurisdiction of the upper tier (in our case, Simcoe County). The province provides few if any tools or powers by which the municipality can encourage or force developers to build anything […]

What’s affordable?

Ontario’s 2020 Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) defines affordable housing according to whether it’s ownership or rental, but the percantages of income are the same for both. For ownership (p.39 in the PPS), it’s defined as the “least expensive” of (emphasis added): housing for which the purchase price results in annual accommodation costs which do not […]