Accelerating Home Development CMHC

Accelerating Home Development CMHC

Transforming Housing Development in Regina: A Leap Towards Affordability and Diversity

Key Takeaways

  • The Government of Canada, in partnership with the City of Regina, is spearheading a transformative initiative to accelerate housing development, aiming to introduce over 1,000 new homes within three years and exceeding 3,000 in the next decade.
  • Thanks to a substantial investment from the Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF) exceeding $35 million, Regina is set to tackle housing shortages by implementing comprehensive local initiatives.
  • These initiatives include significant zoning modifications, enhanced support for medium-density housing, and streamlined development approval processes, marking a significant shift towards diversified and accessible housing options.

In an ambitious move to address the housing crunch, Regina is set to witness a significant uplift in its housing landscape. This comes in the wake of a collaborative effort between the Federal Government and the City of Regina, designed to expedite the creation of a broad spectrum of housing solutions tailored to meet the diverse needs of its residents.

A Collaborative Effort for Speedier Housing Solutions

The partnership heralds a new era in housing development, characterized by the fast-tracking of over 1,000 homes in the imminent three years and an anticipated growth to more than 3,000 homes over the coming decade. This initiative is part of a broader strategy to enhance housing accessibility and affordability for Canadians, facilitated by the innovative Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF).

The Housing Accelerator Fund: Breaking New Ground

The HAF initiative is poised to inject over $35 million into Regina's housing sector, focusing on dismantling traditional barriers that have slowed the pace of housing development. By adopting a forward-thinking approach, Regina's Action Plan includes a series of progressive measures:

  • Zoning Reforms: A pivotal change allowing up to four housing units per residential lot, fostering an environment ripe for the development of duplexes, townhouses, and multiplexes.
  • Density Enhancement: Initiatives to increase building height limits and density along urban corridors, inviting a wider array of housing types into established neighborhoods.
  • Support for Redevelopment: A new funding mechanism aimed at covering pre-development costs, encouraging the revitalization of underutilized sites in partnership with non-profit housing entities.
  • Conversion and Utilization of Municipal Land: Strategies to transform non-residential buildings into residential spaces and streamline the use of city-owned land for housing.
  • Streamlining Approval Processes: Efforts to accelerate the development approval timeline, ensuring quicker delivery of diverse housing projects.

These measures are not only about increasing the quantity of housing but also about enhancing the quality and diversity of living options available to Regina's residents.

A Commitment to Inclusive Growth

The federal and municipal governments' collaboration underscores a shared commitment to making housing more accessible and affordable. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities, emphasized the initiative's role in bringing affordable housing solutions to Canadians. Meanwhile, Regina's Mayor, Sandra Masters, highlighted the city's dedication to innovating and transforming its housing policies and processes to meet community needs effectively.


The HAF's introduction marks a pivotal moment in Canada's housing sector, promising to reshape Regina's urban landscape. By fostering a more inclusive, diverse, and accessible housing market, this initiative stands as a testament to the power of collaborative governance in addressing complex societal challenges. As Regina looks forward to a future of increased housing availability and affordability, it sets a precedent for other municipalities across Canada to follow suit in their quest to provide a place to call home for everyone.



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