Solving Canada's Housing Crisis

Discover solutions for fair housing with Gregor Craigie, CBC Radio host, and Mitzie Hunter, Former MPP, as they discuss innovative strategies in Craigie's latest book.

Presented by: Rotman School of Management
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An urgent and illuminating examination of the unrelenting housing crisis Canadians find ourselves facing, by Balsillie Prize finalist and CBC Radio host Gregor Craigie, Our Crumbling Foundation offers real-life solutions from around the world and hope for new housing innovation in the face of seemingly impossible obstacles.

Canada is experiencing a housing shortage. Although house prices in major Canadian cities appear to have topped out in early 2023, new housing isn’t coming onto the market quickly enough. Rising interest rates have only tightened the pressure on buyers, and renters, too, as rising mortgage rates cost landlords more, which are passed along to tenants in rent increases. Even with the recent federal budget commitment to bring more housing online by 2030, there will still be a shortfall of 3.5 million homes by 2030.

Gregor Craigie is a CBC journalist in Victoria, one of the highest-priced housing markets in the country. On his daily radio show On The Island he's been talking for over 15 years to local experts and to those across the country about housing. Craigie has travelled to many of the places he profiles in the book, and in his interviews with Canadians he presents the human face of the shortfall as he speaks with renters, owners and homeless people, exploring their varying predicaments and perspectives. He then shows, through comparable profiles of people across the globe, how other North American and international jurisdictions (Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Helsinki, Singapore, Ireland, to name a few) are housing their citizens better, faster and with determination—solutions that could be put into practice here.

With passion, knowledge and vigour, Craigie explains how Canada reached this critical impasse and will convince those who may not yet recognize how badly our entire country is in need of change. Our Crumbling Foundation provides hope for finding our way out of the crisis by recommending a number of approaches at all levels of government. The prescription for how we’re going to house ourselves and do so equitably, requires not just a business solution, nor simply a social solution.

Co-Presented by: David Feldman Centre for Real Estate and Urban Economics and School of Cities

About our Speakers:

Gregor Craigie, has been a journalist for more than 25 years at the BBC World Service, CBC Radio, CBS Radio and Public Radio International. He has hosted On The Island on CBC Radio One in Victoria, BC, since 2007. His first book, On Borrowed Time: North America’s Next Big Quake, was a finalist for both the Balsillie Prize for Public Policy and the City of Victoria Book Prize, and was a Globe and Mail Top 100 book in 2021. His first novel, Radio Jet Lag, was published in 2023.

Mitzie Hunter (EMBA ’09) is an accomplished, dynamic leader driven by strong values with a moral compass of giving back to the community. Her proven track record of building and championing Toronto has positively impacted the lives of residents. Mitzie recently ran for Mayor of Toronto and was the only candidate that provided a cost and funded plan to ‘Fix The Six.’ As the former MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood, winning four consecutive elections over 10 years, Mitzie held several high-level leadership positions: Minister of Education, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Associate Minister of Finance responsible for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. Mitzie’s 30 years of leadership experience spans the private sector, nonprofit and government. Her achievements include championing vital infrastructure projects, advocating for community improvements, and co-founding initiatives like the Prosperity Project. Her public service extends to her role as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Toronto Community Housing Corporation and head of CivicAction, a convenor of business, government and community which aims to improve cities.

Event Logistics:

This event is available to attend in-person or virtually via livestream.

Rotman Events is committed to accessibility for all people. If you have any access needs or if there are any ways we can support your full participation in this session, please email [] no later than 2 weeks in advance of the event and we will be glad to work with you to make the appropriate arrangements.

General Admission: In-Person Ticket Details

  • The event will be hosted in Desautels Hall at the Rotman School of Management (105 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5S 3E6). Your registration fee includes a copy of the book, meet-and-greet with book signing by the author, as well as access to a video replay of the session for 30 days.

General Admission: Livestream Ticket Details

  • Rotman Events will email registrants a link to the livestream. Your registration fee includes access to the livestream, video replay for 30 days, a copy of the book and shipping fees. The book will be shipped to registrants after the event. Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for delivery.

30-day Catch-up Viewing

  • Unable to attend the event due to scheduling conflicts? Not to worry. All registrants (in-person or livestream) can access the full recording on-demand for one month after the live event.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • Refunds will only be issued for cancellations received in writing NO LATER than 24 hours prior to the event. Please email for processing.
  • In-person registrants who do not pick up their book at the event will have 5 business days to request postal delivery by emailing us at All unclaimed books will be returned to the publisher after that time.

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