Sponsors: District of Vanderhoof
WHEREAS the lack of affordable housing and co-operative housing in resource based communities is having a detrimental effect on the local economies and the quality of life for many British Columbians;
AND WHEREAS affordable housing and co-operative housing is essential to support vibrant and healthy communities, attract and retain skilled workers to our communities and affects the footprints into resource based communities:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM advocate to the Provincial Government to increase the number of new affordable housing units and new co-operative housing units constructed in British Columbia and allocate funding for resource based communities to plan in advance of funding announcements.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions calling for the province to increase the supply of affordable housing, including 2017-A2, 2017-B17 and 2014-B43.
Membership has also endorsed resolution 2014-B44 calling for rental assistance for housing cooperatives. In addition, UBCM recently released an affordable housing strategy, A Home for Everyone: A Housing Strategy for British Columbians, containing recommendations that call for greater supports for rental housing.
The Resolutions Committee would recommend broadening the scope of this resolution to British Columbia.