Friday, May 30, 2014

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Crunch Time

Chilliwack City Council lacks action on housing shortage compared to other BC municipalities

Released by Jill Atkey, BCNPHA/Voice file photo


Almost all of the tenants were evicted in early April from the Traders Inn after it was sold. The final holdout was moved out by sheriffs and RCMP on Friday.


ony Roy, Executive Director of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) said in a release on Friday that "the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is on the right track by choosing to focus on Canada’s housing crunch as a key priority this year."

“Access to affordable housing is a major issue for Canadians, especially here in BC where housing costs can be inflated either through real estate speculation in the Lower Mainland or in booming resource communities where there just isn’t enough housing to cope with the rapid influx of workers.”

By recognizing the importance of housing as a foundation for stability and security, both for individuals and communities, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is taking significant leadership. It is listening to local leaders and bringing their voices together to underscore this major issue.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to FCM for raising awareness of this issue, particularly in light of the pending expiry of social housing and co-op housing operating agreements and subsidies across the country,” says Roy.  “I was also heartened to see so many BC communities pass housing crunch motions. They clearly understand the impact of this issue locally.  I look forward to discussing this more at FCM this year and collaborating with them on research, shared services, advocacy and networking.”

To help municipalities and other levels of government in BC understand the housing situation in their jurisdictions, BCNPHA is developing the first Rental Housing Index in BC history. The Index will be launched in November 2014 and will provide the data municipalities and regional districts in BC need to quantify their rental housing gaps and plan for the future.  

List of 36 BC communities that have passed motions supporting action on Canada's housing crunch:

• Capital Regional District Board
• Township of Langley
• District of North Vancouver
• Regional District of Central Kootenay
• City of Terrace
• Village of Nakusp
• City of Victoria
• District of North Saanich
• District of Fort St. James
• Columbia Shuswap Regional District
• City of North Vancouver
• City of Richmond
• Thompson-Nicola Regional District
• City of Courtenay
• Village of Cumberland
• City of Nelson
• District of Chetwynd
• Township of Esquimalt
• City of Kamloops
• Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine
• District of Lake Country
• City of Port Coquitlam
• City of Vancouver
• City of Surrey
• Town of Sidney
• City of Victoria
• City of New Westminster
• City of Coquitlam
• District of Oak Bay
• District of West Vancouver
City of Langford
• City of Cranbrook
• City of Burnaby
• District of Kitimat
• District of Central Saanich
• City of Port Moody

See an FCM Infographic on the Housing Crunch in BC.

BCNPHA is the industry association for the social housing sector in BC. It represents, educates and provides service to more than 700 non-profit
housing providers that operate more than 60,000 units of long and short-term affordable housing across the province.



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