July 6, 2023


Adam Mongrain:

Adam Mongrain is a project manager and affordable housing activist. Before joining Vivre en Ville on housing issues, he was director of MonLoyer, an NPO dedicated to the creation of a public register of residential leases. Defender of densification and occasional columnist of the urban reality of Quebec and Montreal, Adam has accumulated more than ten years of experience in communications, more specifically in web development and online marketing.

AJ Bimm:

AJ Bimm is a Master of Urban Planning student at McGill University with an interest in how local policies can help improve access to housing and recreation. He is passionate about working with others to solve complex urban challenges and has undertaken numerous research projects to promote more Missing Middle and non-market housing options. In his spare time, AJ enjoys spending his days outside and discovering new places through biking and running.


Presentation Title: Overcoming Institutional Barriers to Non-market housing– Lessons from the Montreal Metropolitan Area

Presentation Description: Building and maintaining a balanced supply of housing is a daunting project in the best of conditions... and the compounding crises of the past few years - inflation, pandemic, climate change, housing - add up to very poor conditions indeed. One of the most efficient lever available to communities and collectivities to sustainably increase the right supply of housing is nonmarket housing: units built, or bought, that are forever out of reach from speculative spirals, and whose particular provisions in matter of financing and marketing allow for housing dignity and mobility for historically marginalized populations. However, in spite of their evident benefits, nonmarket units remain incredibly challenging to build at scale. It doesn't have to be. Join us for a short presentation on lessons learned in the Montreal area on ways and means to overcome structural and institutional barriers to nonmarket housing, and explore the path forward in order to unlock the full potential of this exciting contribution to a true balanced supply of housing.

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