Task Force on Housing Affordability
The new interim report by the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability—Bold Ideas Towards an Affordable City—focuses on housing solutions for low to middle income households in Vancouver. Noting that Vancouver “faces severe housing challenges,” the report proffers four broad recommendations:
- Increase the supply and diversity of rental housing—with a focus on accelerating “planning programs that increase density in large developments…and transit-oriented locations, and those that increase housing diversity in residential neighbourhoods.”
- Enhance the City and the community’s capacity to deliver affordable rental and social housing through innovative new development models;
- Protect existing social and affordable rental housing stock and explore opportunities for renewal and expansion; and
- Streamline the regulatory process and improve public engagement.
The Task Force—co-chaired by Mayor Gregor Robertson and Olga Ilich—will present the report to City Council on Wednesday. The Task Force is expected to release its final report in September.
Read key highlights and access the full report here.
[Top Image: The Task Force with co-chairs Mayor Gregor Robertson and Olga Ilich]