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A pandemic Could Impact Housing Markets


Good health depends upon having adequate and secure housing. Compared to other areas of the world, Canada has some of the best housing conditions. However, insufficient housing and poor quality can have harmful effects on childhood development, leading to greater health risks like infections and chronic illnesses, and can have negative psychological effects such as depression, anxiety and other emotional disorders. This is why it is extremely important to find a way to keep housing conditions in the nation at an acceptable level.

The first thing to do to improve housing conditions is to be sure that there is sufficient fresh air and clean, fresh water inside the house. This includes ensuring that there is enough fresh air ventilated throughout the house. If there is inadequate ventilation, then there'll be high levels of airborne pollution that's a major cause of numerous respiratory, chronic ailments. There are many distinct sources from where an individual can ventilate his or her home, the most obvious being opening doors and windows, but more importantly, opening up all the doors and windows of the rooms to get fresh air into all sections. Additionally it is important to ensure that there is adequate lighting in the rooms, as it is also a major contributor in improving housing conditions and decreasing the risk of chronic diseases.

Other big factors contributing to poor housing conditions are deficient insulation, and poorly maintained ventilation system. If both of these factors are not taken care of, then there'll be a greater chance of experiencing colds and other respiratory illnesses and this may lead to an increased risk of various life threatening ailments. 1 big effect of inadequate ventilation systems is a lack of healthy air to breathe in which can be detrimental to overall health and should be considered as a serious health concern.

In Canada, there's still a lot of intolerance towards people on lower incomes, especially those from cultural and lower socioeconomic status groups. This causes many low income families having limited access to basic necessities such as clean and fresh water, power, proper sanitation, clean and fresh food, and adequate medical attention when required. Additionally, there is still widespread discrimination against the same groups in employment, housing, services and goods, in education, health care and on financing practices. All these policies and practices create a good deal of problems in attaining and maintaining a fair housing environment. The Canadian Human Rights Act and the Canadian Constitution guarantee rights to everybody including the vulnerable and disadvantaged.

The absence of a fair housing environment has also resulted in an increase in the amount of individuals who suffer from one or other kinds of contagious diseases, like the HIV/AIDS. These diseases have reached epidemic proportions. The worrying statistics reveal that in Canada, there was a steady increase in the number of persons contracting HIV. Even though the AIDS pandemic is being controlled by effective treatment plans and a global effort, there are still several housing conditions that adversely affect the housing conditions of HIV patients.

As of the end of 2021, according to the CRTC, there was an estimated growth of roughly three percent in the Canadian housing market. This growth is attributed, at least in part, to the fact that the Mortgage Rate Reduction Program (MRRP) introduced in late 2021 resulted in lower mortgage rates for first time homeowners, which has, in turn, made more houses available for the affordable home price class. According to Statistics Canada, in 2021, there were an estimated five thousand fewer homes under the affordable home price category than there were in the end of December 2021, the month the MRRP began. Moreo

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