Josef Filipowicz

Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

Josef Filipowicz, Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute, is an independent urban and regional policy specialist, and former analyst at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Fraser Institute’s Centre for Municipal Studies. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University. He conducts research and produces reports on land-use regulations, housing affordability, property taxation, and municipal finance. He also comments frequently (in English and French) on policy issues in these fields, notably through radio and television interviews, panel discussions, public presentations, and blogs and op-eds. His work has been featured in numerous news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Maclean’s, Detroit News, and Financial Post.

Recent Research by Josef Filipowicz

— Oct 12, 2023
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Canada’s Growing Housing Gap: Comparing Population Growth and Housing Completions in Canada, 1972-2022 finds that the gap between the number of homes built and the number of additional people in Canada is the widest it’s been in 50 years.

— Jun 8, 2023
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Making Room for Growth: Housing Intensification in Canada's Cities, 2016-2021

Making Room for Growth: Housing Intensification in Canada’s Cities, 2016-2021 is a new study that finds despite a housing shortage in many cities across the country, the number of housing units in 26.4 per cent of Canada’s urban neighbourhoods—more than one-in-four—actually declined from 2016 to 2021. What’s more, half of all neighbourhoods in Canadian cities saw the number of housing units increase by less than one per cent.

— Apr 13, 2023
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Canada’s Housing Mismatch

Canada’s Housing Mismatch: Canadians want ground-oriented homes, but not enough are being built is a new study that finds despite rising population and growing demand, more housing was constructed in Canadian cities during the 1970s than what is presently being built.