Federal Housing Minister Sean Fraser has said Ottawa intends to intervene in the short-term rentals space, an area that falls under the scope of municipalities.

The federal government is getting increasingly involved with municipalities as it seeks to boost housing supply, prompting Alberta to mull tabling legislation to uphold and protect its jurisdictional power.

Alberta’s Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver said in a Nov. 20 statement that he is “concerned about the repeated public comments” from federal Housing Minister Sean Fraser “indicating they will continue to deal directly with municipalities.”
Mr. McIver said his government will seek to protect the province’s constitutional right to oversee its municipalities.

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