If elected, what specifically will your party do to support an expanded inventory of affordable rental housing options for Metro Vancouver region?
Instead of investing in rental housing, Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have made it harder for renters to protect their rights and sided with unscrupulous landlords – letting them dodge controls on rents, either through fixed-term leases or through renovictions. They accepted more than $10 million in donations from wealthy developers and turned a blind eye to would-be homeowners, calling concerned families “people who get up and whine every day.”
Their choices have impacted renters and new home buyers and hurt our province’s ability to attract and retain skilled workers. Fixing the housing crisis is important for affordability and our economy.
For John Horgan's BC NDP, a better BC means decent housing is available and affordable. It means renters are secure where they live and young families can afford their first home.
John Horgan and the BC NDP will build 114,000 affordable rental, nonprofit, co-op and owner purchase housing units through partnerships over ten years. These homes will be a mix of housing for students, singles, seniors, and families and will range from supported social housing to quality, market rental housing. We will work with all levels of government to grow the number of rental units, protect existing units and strengthen protections for renters province-wide.
If elected, what specifically will your party do to support the recommendations included in the Regional Homelessness Task Force Position Paper?
After 16 years of neglect from Christy Clark and the BC Liberals homelessness in Metro Vancouver has become a crisis. This crisis requires immediate action.
We will partner with the federal government, local municipalities, agencies and community groups to create an immediate homelessness action plan, which includes a provincial poverty reduction plan.
Because we understand that homelessness is tied to family breakdowns, mental health and addiction, chronic health problems, unemployment, and other issues, we will connect our homelessness action plan to initiatives in other areas such as mental health, social assistance, justice, safety, and health.
We agree with the Regional Homelessness Task force that homelessness is also a growing issue in suburban and rural areas of Metro Vancouver, which is why will also conduct a province-wide homeless count and commit to reduce the homeless population through permanent housing and services as part of our action plan on housing.
In addition to our housing commitments, our poverty reduction strategy and other initiatives such as enhanced supports for children out of care are part of a larger, systemic approach to reducing homelessness in BC.