Consumers Council of Canada’s work on housing has been influenced by initiatives at all levels of government to respond to climate change. A significant part of the Council’s work has centred around the development of a more energy efficient building code, and gauging likely impacts on and acceptance by consumers of measures to promote energy efficient housing.
More recently the Council has explored the direct and indirect impact on consumers of urban planning objectives promoting residential intensification.
Council consumer representation and research has addressed:
- Residential intensification
- Home energy efficiency
- Consumer views on sustainable consumption
- Home renovation problems
- New home warranty programs
If you are concerned about consumer protection in housing, the Council encourages you to get involved.
Please contact us if you have some information you believe will assist the Council’s representation of consumers about housing-related issues.
Ontario’s home building regulator gained new powers to impose financial penalties on builders, then revoked the license of one builder and froze the assets of another. The Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) gained the ability to add administrative penalties...
Following numerous consumer complaints about cancelled contracts and unreturned deposits, an Ontario condominium builder has agreed to pay $60,000 in penalties and nearly $2.6 million to 141 affected purchasers. Ontario’s Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA)...
The newest report from the Public Interest Network of the Consumers Council of Canada supports continued government action to make housing more affordable, and suggests that consumers are likely to decrease travel, while walking and cycling more to combat higher fuel...
Towards a National Housing Strategy, 2016 Download
Residential Intensification: The Impact on Consumers, 2016 Download
Will Consumers Benefit from Enhanced Product Labeling on Energy-Efficient Products?, 2014 Download
Residential Intensification: Density and Its Discontents, 2014 Download
The Impact of Higher Energy Efficiency Standards on Housing Affordability in Alberta, 2012 Download
Sustainable Household Consumption: Key Considerations for a Canadian Strategy, 2009 Download
The Ontario Smart Metering Initiative – What Does It Mean for Ontario’s Residential Consumers, 2009 Download
Renovation Rip-Offs: Problems and Solutions, 2009 Download
Consumers’ Willingness to Pay for Climate Change Download
Energy Efficiency and Building Codes Download
Gaps in New Home Warranty Programs Across Canada Download