In January 2021, following concerns raised around affordable housing in New Brunswick, Premier Blaine Higgs called for a 90-day review of the rental landscape. He mandated the Clerk of the Executive Council Office and head of the public service, Cheryl Hansen, to look at existing data, listen to New Brunswicker’s lived experiences, and best practices from other jurisdictions.
A project team made up of representatives from nine provincial departments was formed. Over a three month period, the team engaged stakeholder organizations and residents throughout the province to share their experiences and perspectives, and analyzed evidence-based data. Tenants, landlords, developers, community advocacy groups, businesses, banks, municipal planners, and other stakeholders participated in the review, which included 19 engagement sessions, eight group workshops with over 170 attendees, and an online survey with over 5,500 responses. Their report was made public on May 7, 2021: