British Columbians elected their new provincial government on October 24th, 2020. There was no question that affordable housing and homelessness were amongst the top issues affecting voters. Building on the success of our Rental Housing Index, we compiled easy to navigate rental affordability data in each of B.C.’s 87 ridings to help voters evaluate the affordability situation in their local riding. This was compiled using the most recent Statistics Canada census data to lay out a variety of information including average rental housing costs, housing costs as a percentage of income, as well as overcrowding and other useful statistics to measure housing affordability.
Click through the teal headings to find information for your riding, including: Housing Central’s Campaign Asks, which candidates were running, tailored housing statistics, and questions for candidates. The guide also features interactive tools at the bottom to help voters share the data on social media or to contact their local candidates to urge them to #MakeHousingCentral in this campaign and in the next government.
Update from October 22nd, 2020:
On October 19th 2020, Housing Central sent letters to the provincial campaign offices for the BC Green Party, BC New Democratic Party, and the BC Liberal Party. Click below to download the correspondence package including our letters to the parties and their replies to date.
Mauricio deserves better. Tell your candidate to accelerate the province’s investment in the development of new affordable homes and help make housing a top issue.