In early 2022, homes in Toronto seemed to sell overnight as bidding wars became the norm and competition remained fierce.

But by the end of the year, high-interest rates and the anticipation of lower prices had sidelined many prospective buyers. Come December, the average Toronto home was spending more than a month on the market.

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Last year has proven to be the busiest on record for Canada’s west coast housing markets, as the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board reports the highest level of sales in its 100-year history.

A total of 27,692 homes traded hands in 2021, up 39% from 2020, and 16.5% higher than the previous record of 23,974 in 2016. Like other major markets across the country, the boom in buyer activity was driven by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, historically low mortgage rates, and the flexibility to move further away from urban centres.

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On Thursday, the entire province entered Ontario's stay-at-home order.

While residents are being asked to not leave their homes, there are some essential reasons to venture outside.

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Jagmeet Singh has described Canada’s long-term care mortality rates as a “national shame,” after a new report found they were among the worst in the world.

A report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) found that Canada has the worst record for COVID-19 deaths in long-term care homes compared with other similar countries.

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In the booming trend of remote work, it's easy to understand why so many Canadians have recently migrated to the East Coast.

Besides being surrounded by tranquil seacoast and nature, life in Atlantic Canada feels different. In Nova Scotia, there's less traffic, the people are warm and welcoming and everything moves a little slower.

You can live in a small town or in the heart of Halifax's thriving arts and culture scene and still be close to lakes, rivers and enchanting outdoor spaces. 

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