Advocacy group pushes for financial aid in new Provincial budget for businesses that have been disrupted by construction on infrastructure projects like the Crosstown LRT; with a vacancy rate of just 1.9 in Canada last year, a new report finds that the Country needs 300,000 new rental units in order to avoid exponential growth in housing gap; TTC launches one year pilot program deploying outreach workers to offer support to unhoused people on the TTC; and other news.

Businesses crushed by decade of Crosstown construction chaos push Ontario for help in budget (Toronto Star)

Canada needs 300,000 new rental units to avoid gap quadrupling by 2026: report (Globe and Mail)

Outreach workers to help support unhoused people on TTC in year-long pilot project (CBC)

Will Mississauga finally have the ‘Mexit’ it has been seeking for decades? Or will there be a new City of Peel? (Toronto Star)

Federal budget will prioritize clean electricity in face of U.S. competition (Globe and Mail)

Canada broke a population growth record in 2022: StatCan (CTV News)

Doug Ford’s government to unveil today what could be Ontario’s largest-ever budget (Toronto Star)

Zellers relaunching 12 stores across Canada today — and nostalgia is the door crasher (CBC)

Province pushes Vancouver to speed up housing as council weighs Broadway development (Global News)

Home shoppers are just saying no, as GTA new single-family home sales hit record low (Toronto Star)

These are Canada’s electric vehicle hot spots (Globe and Mail)

Toronto implementing new regulations to prohibit feeding of wildlife (CityNews)