UCalgary Graduate Students’ Association calls on AB to pilot QC rent policy


The University of Calgary’s Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) is calling on the Government of Alberta to launch a pilot program modelled on Québec’s rent increase policy that gives tenants the right to refuse a landlord’s rent increase. The GSA explained that students have been hit hard by rent increases and housing shortage. Under the proposed model, if a tenant believes that a proposed rent increase is not reasonable, they can refuse it and have the dispute brought to a housing tribunal. The association has proposed that AB could pilot the policy on a small group of students in student-dense areas. UCalgary Graduate Students’ Association President James Steele said that a pilot would determine whether this policy could stabilize rents and keep tenants and landlords happy.