Murchison said there are almost no new social housing units being built, and the different levels of government aren’t doing enough to encourage developers to build apartment buildings.
“The lack of infrastructure is causing drastic low vacancy rates, and we really need intervention when it comes to that or we’re going to see a much harder road ahead when it comes to affordable housing.”
It doesn’t help that there’s no clear definition on what affordable housing means, he said.
While the report said annual rental rates are predicted to increase as much as 11 percent in Toronto, nine percent in Ottawa and seven percent in Vancouver, it did not specifically look at Windsor or London.
A 2018 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) report shows rents did increase last year in both cities.
The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the Windsor Census Metropolitan Area, which includes LaSalle, Tecumseh, Lakeshore and Amherstburg, was $915 a month, an increase of 4.3 percent from 2017 to 2018.
London saw a similar increase of 4.2 percent, and its average rental rate for two-bedroom apartment was more than $1,000.
Rentals.ca looks at prices for vacancies to calculate its average while the CMHC looks at occupied apartments, Murchison explained. According to Rentals.ca the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $858 a month in Windsor and $1,017 a month in London.
Judy Binder, a Windsor resident who is a CMHC affordable housing specialist covering the area from Windsor to Guelph, agreed it’s tough for renters.