AirBnB and Toronto

Friday, December 15, 2017 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Thorben Wieditz 

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Zachary Spicer 

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Amy Buitenhuis 

Sidney Smith Hall – SS5017A (map)

AirBnB and Toronto: How Is Short-Term Renting Affecting Our City?

This panel will be presenting and discussing how the rise of the platform, short-term rental housing has affected the City of Toronto. Thorben will be presenting on the work Fairbnb.ca has been doing in Canada and contextualize it in both, a broader debate about “home-sharing” and current struggles to protect rental housing stock in a range of North American and European cities. Zachary will be presenting on the financial implications of platform economy on municipal revenue, on how firms like AirBnB affect the city’s fiscal health. Amy will be presenting on the City of Toronto’s planning process and outcomes of the new proposed rules that regulate home-sharing services. After their presentations, a discussion will be held. 

 

Biographies:

Thorben Wieditz is the lead for the Fairbnb.ca campaign for UNITE HERE Local 75 in Toronto. He is an urban geographer and a contributor to Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change, a recently published book that brings together labour researchers and geographers to explore urban labour strategies and their potential for the renewal of the labour movement.

Zachary Spicer is a Visiting Researcher with the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance and a Senior Associate with the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He completed his PhD in Political Science at Brock University in 2013. 

Amy Buitenhuis is a senior policy and research officer at the City of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards on housing issues, including improving the quality of apartment buildings in Toronto, licensing rooming houses, and regulating short-term rentals. She completed her MA in Geography at the University of Toronto in 2013.