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If you build it, they will buy — except when Canada's not building enough houses

Canada's population growth has outstripped housing starts for decades. So what gives? With demand sky high, why can't developers get more shovels in the ground? Hear the developer perspective.
Alkarim Devani, co-founder of development company RNDSQR, stands outside one of his company's projects in the Marda Loop neighbourhood of Calgary. (Anis Heydari/CBC)

Canada's population growth has outstripped housing starts for decades.

Some analysts have said Canada has a "structural housing shortage" with the lowest amount of housing units relative to population of any G7 country.

So what gives? With demand sky high, why can't developers get more shovels in the ground?

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Anis Heydari speaks to homebuilders for their perspective.


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