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Canada losing public housing stock: UBC study

Canada has lost five per cent of its public housing stock since 1990, according to new UBC study.

Penny Gurstein, the director of UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, said the federal government’s decision to get out of the social housing business in the 90s has resulted in thousands of affordable units being lost. 249 more words

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Suburban lifestyle in Vancouver ‘not realistic’: UDI

Stiffer foreign ownership rules would barely make a dent on Vancouver’s real estate market, according to the Urban Development Institute.

The most effective way to take pressure off the housing crunch is to increase supply by rezoning neighbourhoods made up of single-family homes, said president Anne McMullin ahead of the institute’s annual general meeting that aims to hammer home that point. 413 more words

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New Vancouver highrise to have separate 'poor doors' for social housing residents

WATCH: A common practice among condo developers is coming under fire. Separate entrances for those living in social housing units and those who pay market value. 387 more words

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Penalties against bad landlords and tenants ‘toothless’: Vancouver MLA

Penalties meant to protect renters from bad landlords, and vice versa, have proven to be toothless, according to the MLA for Vancouver’s West End.

Spencer Chandra Herbert obtained, through Freedom of Information, emails between Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) staff suggesting its administrative penalties framework “has not been particularly successful” in dealing with the “worst of the worst” in landlord/tenant abuses. 296 more words

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City website will let residents report vacant homes in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver wants to develop a website that would allow residents to report vacant homes.

The news comes from an April 20 memo sent to mayor and council from the city’s chief housing officer, Mukhtar Latif, who was asked to look into the issue of vacant homes during the city’s housing crisis. 352 more words

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British Columbia real estate market continues to spring forward

British Columbia’s real estate market had its strongest March in eight years.

There were a total of 9,101 residential unit sales throughout the province in March, totaling $5.8 million. 78 more words

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House prices in Toronto, Vancouver hit record in March

House prices were up in eight of 11 of Canada’s major housing markets in March over February and hit new records in the two biggest cities, Vancouver and Toronto, according to new housing data released Tuesday. 331 more words

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