Canada is in a significant housing crunch and St. John’s is definitely no exception to that. The Conference Board of Canada released a report today entitled Building from the Ground Up which says, "there is an appreciable shortage of good-quality, affordable housing in Canada. Consequently, approximately 25 per cent of Canadians rely on housing subsidies or experience periods where they spend over 30 per cent of their before-tax household income on housing.” The report goes on to say, “20 per cent of Canadians can only keep a roof over their heads by cutting costs in ways that could harm their health — such as buying less nutritious food.” When you look at the rental market in St. John’s, it’s not hard to understand. A decent, 2-bedroom basement apartment (about all that is available) is in the $800 range and from my experience, they are small. A main floor can set you back up to $1300 a month. I remember talking to a rental agent for Northern Properties a few months ago she told me that out of 1400 apartments under their control, only two were available for rental. Some landlords won’t even accept rental subsidies from the provincial social services. It’s pretty bad when you have to decide whether to feed your kids nutritious food or get a decent apartment. Maybe it’s time for the PCs to consider rent control legislation.