We believe housing is a fundamental right, not a commodity, and everyone who lives, works and pays taxes, regardless of citizenship, deserves the safety and security of a door and roof

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Homes, Not Investments

Give Renters real options: Get to a Healthy 3% Vacancy Rate.

Renters in Vancouver have not experienced a healthy rental vacancy rate sense the 90s. ProVancouver will address that as #1 priority.

  • Amend short-term rental (a.k.a Ban commercial Airbnb operator) bylaws to protect long-term housing stock and to address legal and safety concerns.
    • Change the definition of long-term rental to more than 180 days plus one.
    • Ban Airbnb until a new agreement with Airbnb is reached. This agreement should (1) limit the maximum number of nights per year to 28 days and (2) make Airbnb accountable for the failure to control hosts.
  • Create land-use-based zoning for transportation corridors to stop land banking and increase transit accessibility for renters.
  • Rezone areas already approved for high density to rental-only zoning under power granted under Bill 23 to ensure at least 50% of city-wide developments are Purpose-Built Rentals (PBR).
  • Amortize Development Cost Levies (DCLs) and Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) over 20 years to address the financing disadvantage that PBR projects have compared to luxury condo projects.
  • Simplify building code and requirements for PBRs.
  • Immediately renew leases for all Housing Cooperative (co-ops), and switch co-ops to five-year automatic renewals after first 50 years.
  • Build more co-ops and social housing on city-owned land.
  • Expedite rental, co-ops and social housing project approval process to six months or less.
  • Improve housing security by preventing demovictions and renovictions.
    • Ban demolition of PBR buildings and non-market housing until a 5% vacancy rate is reached.
    • Stop renovictions by implementing strict guidelines for what qualifies as a renovation. To qualify for renovation, post-renovation value of building (not including land) must increase by ‘10% x age of building before renovation in years’ of pre-renovation value of building.
  • Create a rental housing enforcement office and online rental registry to track vacancy, landlord performance, and to help protect renters’ privacy.

Develop real affordable housing.

  • Move towards 50:50 social housing versus market housing.
  • Build family-sized modular homes as a stopgap measure while building family-friendly non-market housing.
    • Use techniques used to build modular homes to quickly increase supply at lower cost.
  • Build affordable housing on city-owned land at no more than 30% of household average income for the district.
  • Give preference to service workers and first responders, such as teachers, paramedics, and firefighters.

Initiate a city-wide plan that’s created by the community.

  • Work with neighbourhoods to create a city-wide plan that outlines where, when, and how Vancouver can grow. This informs the development of parks, community centres, daycares, schools, transit, commercial space and other facilities that residents and business need.
  • Implement 1:1 ratio of market vs non-market housing.
  • Recognize Neighbourhood Association as community partners.
    • Appoint a dedicated council liaison for each community partners
    • Assign a neighbourhood planner to work with each community partners.
    • Provide free meeting spaces, a dedicated section on city's website and assistance for new reaching their neighbours to each community partners.
  • Stop land speculation through the following measures:
    • Banning land assemblies except for non-market housing (PBRs, co-ops and city-owned leasehold land).
    • Ending spot rezoning by creating a clear city-wide plan.
    • Creating land-use-based zoning for transportation corridors that stop land banking in anticipation of public infrastructure spending.
    • No more tax breaks for temporary community gardens. This is loopholes used to give tax breaks to land speculators while taxes for residents and small businesses are going up every year.

Preserve and celebrate heritage housing.

  • Declare and preserve Chinatown and Strathcona as historic and culturally significant sites, and protect them against gentrification.
  • Amend Vancouver bylaws to redefine “heritage” vs “simply old”, and put in place requirements to upkeep and replace damaged heritage buildings to their original look and feel.

Increase financial transparency.

  • Simplify how city fees on new developments are calculated to enable residents to easily understand how revenue from development is used.
  • Ensure that all future contributions are made in cash. This makes it easier for residents to assess the true value of in-kind contributions.

Advocate for affordable housing measures at the Provincial Government level, and demand specifically for:

  • Rent control legislation for municipalities.
  • Taxation model that considers the timeframe owners have lived in Vancouver as tax-paying residents, to ensure the taxation of speculators, not retired homeowners.
  • 100% of presales going to local residents.