C4C Housing Systems and Innovation Summit

Hosted by:

With assistance of:

Canadian Urban Institute logo

Other supporting organizations:

Windsor Region Society of Architects

Canada is facing an unprecedented housing crisis. Far less housing is being constructed than is needed to keep pace with population growth. Complex regulatory processes and slow approvals keep many potential developers out of the market. What is more, the housing that does get built often does not address pressing issues tied to climate change, public health, income gaps and racial inequality. Beyond this, the sprawling patterns of land use of the last decades have left municipalities responsible for infrastructure – roads, sewers, and more – that they cannot pay for.

With provincial and municipal elections coming this year, the lack of housing and its unaffordability are among voters’ top concerns. The province of Ontario recently convened a table of experts to publish a report on housing affordability. While the report does present several potential isolated solutions, it specifically notes that it was not in the panel’s mandate to address “affordable housing”.

Proceeding with one of the largest building booms in a generation requires addressing the systemic issues. As the federal government looks to invest unprecedented amounts into housing, a holistic approach that addresses intersections with climate, equity, and municipal financial stability will be key. Getting the right housing built, quickly, will require leveraging technical expertise, embracing regulatory reform and process streamlining, and maintaining an environment open to innovation.

The C4C Housing Systems and Innovation Summit, hosted by the Centre for Cities at Windsor Law, University of Windsor comprised 4 sessions over 2 days. Speakers included practitioners, planners, entrepreneurs, politicians, scholars, and lawyers engaged in housing systems reform in Ontario. Sessions focused on addressing systemic issues and gaps in housing delivery, and the innovative solutions needed to ensure a range of affordable housing options for all Ontarians.


Wednesday March 16, 2022

Thursday March 17, 2022

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Organizing Team

  • Anneke Smit
    Director, Centre for Cities and Associate Professor, Windsor Law
  • Princess Doe
    Student Research Associate, Centre for Cities and 3L Windsor Law student
  • James Tischler
    Development Director, Michigan Land Bank Authority; Visiting Fellow, Centre for Cities, Windsor Law
  • Rino Bortolin
    Councillor, Ward 3; Chair, Planning Development and Heritage Standing Committee, City of Windsor


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Anneke Smit
Director, Centre for Cities
[email protected]

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