Vancouver House (Courtesy of Ema Peter/Westbank)

Canada’s condo amenity wars

Competition for affluent condo buyers has developers piling on frills—car fleets, meditation walls and even perks that assuage the social conscience

A sign urging physical distancing when using elevators is seen in a high-rise building in downtown Toronto on May 8, 2020. (Colin Perkel/CP)

Coronavirus has highlighted Canada’s biggest urban design challenge—elevators

In cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, where condo dwellers and office-goers rely on elevators as the first and last leg of their commutes, a ride on the lift has become a risk rather than an inconvenience

When the dream of condo living turns into a dictatorial nightmare

“Gag orders” on banning complaints and annoying behaviour are just the tip of the condo craziness iceberg

The vacant truth about rental condos

Condo investors who think vacancy rates are ultra-tight will be disappointed

The scariest chart on Toronto condo construction ever

It’s not just the lofty valuations that have many observers worried about Canada’s housing market

Condo nightmare: The inside scoop on this week’s cover story

Tamsin McMahon explains why condo dwellers are finding themselves boxed in

Kevin Barreira Raposo

Once shy, he developed a love of heavy metal music and tattoos. He was proud to land a job building Canada’s tallest condo tower.


Condo trouble in Toronto

Housing starts are way down


Attack of the condo craters

If projects fail, will our cities be left with huge holes to fill?