Global News, Mike Armstrong, October 20 (with quotes from BCNPHA CEO Jill Atkey)
Terry O’Connor is the new face of Canada’s affordable housing crisis. He may have a full-time job as a truck driver in Pemberton, B.C., but he can’t afford to rent an apartment for his family.
O’Connor says they’re stuck living in an old trailer.
“We’re five people living in 540 square feet,” he says. “I’ve got two animals. I can’t go anywhere.”
For a special election series called Ignored and Ignited, Global News asked people to send in issues they feel are being ignored in this federal election campaign, or that have them excited.
The shortage of affordable housing was once a big city problem, but has now spread to small and medium-sized communities. With demand far outpacing supply, rents have skyrocketed in towns and cities across the country.