Rishab is a Planner at the City of Toronto where he’s part of the team responsible for designing and implementing City housing policies. Among other responsibilities he works on implementing inclusionary zoning in Toronto and brings a data-driven, land-economics lens to urban planning. He has a wide range of housing interests including governance design and innovation, public-private partnerships, and open-data.
Outside work Rishab is a board member of HOTT, a grass-roots social housing provider in Toronto and a runner. He can often be found catching sunsets over Lake Ontario.
Toronto has been ranked one of the least affordable cities in the world for housing. In the past 10 years, a growing population and low interest rates have caused a real estate boom in Toronto that has pushed housing prices beyond the grasp of the average income earner.
Reversing course on housing affordability will require action from many parties: government, real estate developers, banks, planners and more.
This panel will discuss what can and should be done to make Toronto a permanent home for more people. It will examine factors like housing supply, rent control, zoning, speculation as well as alternative forms of ownership.