Humanizing the current Canadian housing crisis by exploring the various challenges and layers involved in this issue, as well as identifying housing as a human right as opposed to a commodity.
Visualizing the Problem
Canada’s current housing market grapples with a multifaceted crisis: escalating rents, diminishing supply, and a substantial portion of the population struggling to secure affordable accommodations, just to name a few. As property prices soar and market investments surge, Canadians harbor a growing unease about their future, particularly within a market seemingly monopolized by investors.
It is crucial to understand housing as a human right, rather than merely another avenue for capital investment. In a market that currently fosters investor incentives through lax regulations—ranging from slow building progress that increases demand to tenant exploitation in illegal suites—a broad spectrum of Canadians teeters toward debt and bankruptcy. The confidence that Canadians once had in securing a home or rental space is no longer steadfast.
The present housing crisis is constructed upon several issues that intertwine, creating a daunting market that feels nearly impossible to approach or comprehend.
This exhibit aims to delve into the human dimension of the housing crisis, exploring its intricate layers and scrutinizing the interconnectedness of these challenges. The project is a nuanced exploration, positioning housing not merely as an investor’s prerogative but as an unequivocal human right.
MRU is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuu T’ina and the Îyâxe Nakoda First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
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