Toronto Real Estate Board Releases Recommendations on Housing Affordability and Supply and the Views of Over 200 GTA Municipal Election Councillors and Mayoral Candidates on Key Housing Issues

TORONTO, October 19, 2018 -- With municipal elections only days away, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has released recommendations on what newly elected councillors, mayors, and regional chairs across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) can do to ensure housing affordability and choice for home buyers and renters.

TREB has also released the results of responses received from over 200 municipal election candidates from across the GTA. Candidates were asked to respond to a TREB survey asking for their views on key housing issues that are the subject of TREB's recommendations. 

Both the policy briefs and candidate survey responses can be viewed at

"A recent poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs showed that housing affordability was a top-of-mind issue for voters in this election. Housing affordability is a priority for voters, and they want it to be a priority for the incoming municipal councils. Based on the candidate survey responses that TREB received, it appears that housing affordability is also a priority for many candidates," said Garry Bhaura, President of the Toronto Real Estate Board.

TREB sent a survey regarding housing-related issues to Toronto and GTA municipal candidates, and received responses from over 200 of them:

This week, TREB also released three new policy briefs on "missing middle" housing supply, housing-related municipal red tape, and infrastructure needs for housing supply , in addition to a brief issued earlier in the campaign on the impact of municipal land transfer taxes. TREB's recommendations call for newly elected municipal councils to support the creation of much needed housing supply and options.  Specifically, TREB is calling on councils to

More detail on TREB's recommendations, including the full policy briefs, are available at

The individual responses on housing issues from the GTA candidates that TREB surveyed have been posted on

"TREB applauds candidates who put their names forward to be a part of the municipal election campaign, and we thank the over 200 candidates who took the time to respond to our survey. I invite you to visit to view how candidates responded and see how their responses compare to TREB's position on issues of housing supply and choice. We look forward to working with those elected on October 22, 2018," said Bhaura.

About the GTA Municipal Elections Poll

For this survey, a sample of 1,503 GTA residents from the Ipsos i-Say panel was interviewed from August 20 to 23, 2018. Quotas and weighting were employed to ensure that the sample's composition reflects the overall population according to census information. The precision of online polls is measured using credibility interval. In this case, the results are accurate to within +/- 2.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what the results would have been had all adults in the GTA been polled. Credibility intervals are wider among subsets of the population.

About the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB)

The Toronto Real Estate Board is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1920 by a small group of real estate practitioners. Today, as Canada's largest real estate board, TREB serves more than 50,000 licensed real estate Brokers and Salespersons in and about the Greater Toronto Area. TREB is the collective voice for both its commercial and residential REALTOR® Members and operates under the direction of an elected voluntary Board of 16 Directors.