B.C.’s housing affordability crisis is denying working class people the ability to own or rent a home that fits their needs. Rents are skyrocketing, and wages are not keeping up. To make life more affordable, we need to strike at the root of the housing crisis. An Affordable B.C. is possible.

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  • New report demonstrates vacancy control is a common-sense policy urgently needed to address housing crisis

    BURNABY, B.C. (Coast Salish Territories) – The B.C. General Employees' Union (BCGEU) today released Evaluating Prospects for Vacancy Control Policy in B.C.'s Housing Affordability Crisis, a comprehensive assessment of vacancy control policy (where rent control is tied to the unit rather than a tenancy agreement). The report finds no evidence that tying rent to the unit has had significant negative impacts on developing new rental housing supply. Instead, a lack of vacancy control represents a loophole in B.C.'s rent control laws that has allowed rents to rise between 10-23 per cent year after year since 2019 in major metro areas. 

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  • Victory: Province caps rent increases below inflation for 2023

    The BCGEU is welcoming today’s announcement from Premier John Horgan that the provincial maximum allowable rent increase for 2023 will be set at two per cent.

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