Sponsors: District of Vanderhoof
WHEREAS the lack of appropriate affordable senior’s housing in resource based communities in BC makes it extremely difficult for seniors to age at home or access to intermediate senior housing;
AND WHEREAS access to safe, affordable and appropriate Senior’s housing helps to create vibrant, sustainable communities:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM urge the Provincial and Federal Governments to work with community partners to develop solutions for the lack of seniors’ housing and to provide the necessary long-term funding to support the construction of a full range of affordable seniors’ housing choices in resource based communities in British Columbia.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has endorsed resolution 2014-B45 that requested long term funding to support the construction of a full range of affordable seniors’ housing choices across BC.
Membership has also consistently supported resolutions calling for affordable housing more broadly (including 2017-A2), accessible housing (2010-B52, 2008-B158) and age friendly communities (2007-B152). In addition, UBCM recently released an affordable housing strategy, A Home for Everyone: A Housing Strategy for British Columbians, recommending a range of supports for affordable housing for British Columbians including seniors.
UBCM would recommend broadening the scope of the enactment clause to BC as a whole.