Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in recognition of National Housing Day:
“Homes are where we make family. They are the foundation of community.
“Too many British Columbians are struggling to find housing they can afford. Some B.C. cities are among the least affordable housing markets in the country.
“That’s why we are working with partners to build new, affordable homes for people in every region of B.C., starting with 1,700 affordable rentals, and 2,000 modular homes with 24/7 supports, for our most vulnerable residents.
“Since September, we’ve confirmed more than 900 modular homes in communities throughout the province, including Terrace, Prince Rupert, Vernon, Smithers, Surrey and Vancouver.
“We’re going to make renting more fair for landlords and tenants by closing loopholes in the law and helping people resolve rental disputes faster.
“Our spring budget will contain further measures to address housing affordability by increasing supply, addressing demand, and delivering on a comprehensive housing strategy for British Columbia.
“Fixing the problem won’t be easy. Making homes affordable for families will require partnerships at every level of government. It will take bringing together Indigenous leaders, post-secondary institutions, non-profits and developers to find solutions for people.
“Together can we effectively address the need for the cost of local homes to match local incomes.”