The Affordable Housing Review Panel was appointed to review Alberta’s affordable housing system in July 2020. This review explored ways affordable housing can become even more affordable and accessible for people with low income. Nearly 500,000 Albertans spend more than 30% of their household income on housing, which is unaffordable according to the standard for affordability. This is causing waitlists for affordable housing to get longer each year. Currently, more than 110,000 Albertans live in affordable housing, while 19,000 more households are on waitlists.
The panel’s recommendations will be used to transform how Alberta’s affordable housing system is delivered so it is financially sustainable and able to address growing demand.
July 9 to August 31, 2020
Results under review
Who is listening
Ministry of Seniors and Housing
The panel was asked to identify ways to make affordable housing more efficient and effective, including examining legislation and how housing assets are funded and operated. Its work was guided by 3 questions:
- How can we get more value for government spending on housing?
- How can government address housing needs through the private market?
- What are the reasons people need subsidized housing and what role should government play?
- considered the supports required for Albertans in critical housing need
- analyzed economic factors and housing market trends
- compared the approaches other provinces and territories are taking to affordable housing
The panel submitted its final report to the Minister of Seniors and Housing on October 5, 2020.
Read the full terms of reference (PDF, 41 KB)
Minister Josephine Pon received the panel’s final report on October 5. The government will carefully consider the panel’s recommendations. Once this is complete, the report will be shared with Albertans.
From July 9 to August 31, 2020, the panel sought the perspectives of stakeholder organizations representing groups most in need of affordable housing, including housing providers, private companies and civil society organizations.
Email submissions were also accepted on innovative and creative approaches to housing, including ways to:
- make affordable housing more available and accessible
- provide Albertans with more return on the government’s investment in housing
- promote partnerships between the public, not for profit and private sectors and housing operators
- increase capacity of affordable housing operators and simplify administration
- build more affordable housing and redevelop existing affordable housing properties
- support Albertans with specific needs (for example, seniors, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness)
- encourage innovation in design, construction and delivery
- introduce innovative approaches from other jurisdictions to Alberta
Members have a diverse and varied range of expertise and backgrounds.
Mickey Amery, MLA Calgary-Cross, chair
Mickey Amery was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the constituency of Calgary-Cross on April 16, 2019. Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Amery was a practicing lawyer and business owner in Calgary. He has worked on a number of cases of national significance in the areas of Aboriginal law and consumer protection. Mr. Amery holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a bachelor’s degree in economics and a Juris Doctorate degree in law.
Paul Boskovich is president of Genstar Development Company and oversees all aspects of the organization from operations, finance, investor relations and human resources. Paul has been a key leader in the homebuilding and development industry in Canada for several years and currently is the past Chair of BILD Calgary Region, the incoming Chair for BILD Alberta as a well a Board member for the Canadian Home Building Association (National). Paul has a MBA from the Haskayne School of Business and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.
In May 2011, Lauren Ingalls joined Westwinds Communities as the CAO. Since 1993, Lauren has worked exclusively as the CAO/CEO in the seniors and social housing industry with 4 different agencies ranging from 78 to 1,500 units and constructing over 540 seniors and affordable housing units. She has operated most housing programs in the sector including supportive living, enhanced lodge, dementia care, social housing, seniors independent living, rent supplement, near market and market rental accommodation.
Jeffrey David Johnson has demonstrated a high level of leadership in both private sector and public office. He served 2 terms as a Member of the Legislative Assembly and served in several key positions, including Minister of Education, Minister of Seniors and Housing, Minister of Infrastructure and 5 years as a member of Treasury Board including a stint as Vice-Chair. Since elected office, Jeff has been involved in several business ventures including raising capital for a number of business initiatives. He also does extensive advisory work on P3 projects in Alberta.
Sam Kolias, as chairman and CEO of Boardwalk, serves a team of more than 1,600 associates located in four provinces. Sam is a Fellow of the Real Estate Institute (FRI) and a Certified Property Manager (CPM) and over the years has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Top 40 Under 40, Western Canada’s Real Estate Entrepreneur of the year award, the Pinnacle award and the Canadian Governor General award, in recognition of Queen Elizabeth’s 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Medal.
Javaid (Jerry) Naqvi
In 1964, Javaid Naqvi left his family and his native country of Pakistan and came to Toronto, Canada in the quest to make a future. Today, Naqvi's Cameron Corporation is a multi-faceted real estate company with investments in commercial, retail, land development, home building, and multi-family with both office and industrial opportunities on the horizon. Mr. Naqvi's accolades include EY's Entrepreneur of the Year Prairies Winner in Real Estate/Construction, 2013 Ernst & Young finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year and 2011 Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Marcia Nelson is an executive fellow with the Haskayne School of Business and the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. Prior to this appointment in May 2019, Marcia served as the Deputy Minister of Executive Council, Cabinet Secretary and head of the Alberta Public Service, and previously held several deputy minister positions, including Innovation and Advanced Education, Infrastructure, Health and Housing and Urban Affairs. Marcia is also currently a board member with Alberta Blue Cross.
Raymond is the chief executive officer of Greater Edmonton Foundation Seniors Housing (GEF) in Edmonton, and president of the Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association. GEF Seniors Housing is the largest provider of seniors subsidized and affordable independent living in Alberta, serving more than 3,800 seniors who live in one of 43 GEF communities. He is a chartered professional accountant with more 30 years of business experience in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He has worked in senior management roles in the seniors housing industry since 1997.
Dr. Sasha Tsenkova
Dr. Sasha Tsenkova is professor of planning at the University of Calgary and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She holds a Ph.D. in Architecture (Technical University, Prague) and a Ph.D. in Geography (University of Toronto). Dr. Tsenkova specializes in urban planning, housing policy and sustainable urban development. Her research and professional activities in these areas for the World Bank, Council of Europe and the United Nations include a range of housing and urban projects in more than 20 countries.
Rachelle Venne is the chief executive officer of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW). She has over 20 years of experience building collaborative partnerships in the non-profit, corporate and government sectors. In 2012, Rachelle received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her community service with REACH Edmonton. In March 2017, Rachelle was selected as one of 6 Canadian NGO delegates to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York.
Last updated: October 6, 2020