January 21 2021

Virtual panel event: Towards a More Equitable Housing System: Is Vancouver a City for Renters?

Join us for the second event of The Future We Want: The Change We Need series, hosted by the City of Vancouver in partnership with SFU.

Beginning in the early 1970s, the percentage of Vancouver households living in rental units has been greater than 50%. Nevertheless, renters consistently face difficulties in finding housing that is adequate, stable and secure. In more recent years, rental affordability has become a particularly challenging and detrimental issue for many households. While some in the city may strive for home ownership, data tells us that this possibility has become increasingly out of reach, even for those with moderate incomes.

Given the reality that a majority of Vancouverites will most likely continue to live in rental housing, what does this mean for the next generation, for seniors and families, for low-income, racialized and marginalized households, and for the many others who do not see a secure housing future in Vancouver?

How must the City of Vancouver think differently about housing and the housing market to better meet the needs of its residents, ensuring priority for those with the greatest need?

What is required of a new city-wide plan to ensure the urgent and transformative change necessary to establish an equitable housing system?

February 2021

Survey on residential displacement and exclusion