Ashley Salvador

Master of Arts, Planning

Ashley Salvador HeadshotPrior Degrees

B.A. Double Major Sustainability & Sociology, Dalhousie University

Planning Interests

  • Urban Intensification
  • Housing & Affordable Housing
  • Health & the Built Environment
  • Age-friendly Communities

Research Topic

My research focuses on urban intensification and infill development. More specifically, it addresses a form of infill housing called Laneway Housing (also known as Accessory Dwelling Units – ADUs). Laneway Housing helps add gentle density to existing single-family neighbourhoods, and is often touted as a form of affordable housing. My research examines whether laneway homes are a housing form reserved for the relatively well-off in our society, of if they could be a more wide-spread solution to the affordable housing crisis in Canada. Are laneway homes a viable option for middle-class home-owners? What barriers are in the way of laneway homes becoming a more widespread form of housing?

Presentations/Publications/Professional Experience


  • Salvador, A. (2017). “Much “ADU” About a Lot: How Social Relations Influence the Affordability of Accessory Dwellung Units in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. DalSpace.
  • Salvador, A. (2017, September 8). Garden Suites in Edmonton: a private investment in the public good. Accessory Dwellings.
  • Salvador, A. (2016). Immigrant and Refugee Housing Program. Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies.


  • Salvador, A. (2019). Laneway Housing: The Canadian Context. Guest presentation for Alberta Professional Planners Institute, Edmonton, AB.
  • Salvador, A. (2018, October 13). Leading the (Lane)way: Garden Suites in Edmonton. Place18 Canadian Planning Students Conference. Edmonton, AB.
  • Salvador, A. (2018, October 20). Affordable Housing. Behaviour Change for Sustainable Cities: United Nations Urban Thinkers Campus. Waterloo, ON.
  • Moos, M., & Salvador, A. (2018, April 3). Young Adults (Still) Living at Home: Exploring the Relationship
  • Between Young Adults’ Propensity to Reside with Their Parents and Employment Precarity.  Urban Affairs Annual Conference. Toronto, ON.
  • Lewis, J., & Salvador, A. (2018, August 10). Planning about us, and by us: Reflections on Waterloo’s collaborative age-friendly initiative.  International Federation on Ageing Conference. Toronto, ON.

Professional Experience:

  • Bridges Project Assistant Age-Friendly Waterloo, City of Waterloo
  • Office of Sustainability, University of Alberta
  • Executive Committee, Infill Development in Edmonton Association
  • Board Member, Edmonton Social Planning Council 

Of note

  • Founder and President of YEGarden Suites – Edmonton based infill housing advocacy and education organization (2017 present)
  • Recipient of Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2018
  • Recipient of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Scholarship 2017

At the University of Waterloo

Research Assistant: Studying employment precarity and living arrangements in young adults with Dr. Markus Moos (January – May 2018).

Teaching Assistant for PLAN 432: Health, Environment, and Planning

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