Four years ago, a spike in home prices and rent rates spurred B.C. residents to call for change and politicians to respond with new taxes to prevent speculation, and funding to build housing. Then the COVID-19 crisis hit. In this special series, Jen St. Denis reports in-depth on how families are faring in Metro Vancouver’s housing market, whether new policies are making an impact, and how to build a resilient housing system post-pandemic.
In This Series
Canada’s Housing System Is Cracking under the Crisis
Renters are asking why they should pay their landlords, while landlords fear losing their own housing.
No Escape: The Human Cost of Making Social Housing Scarce
Rental discrimination and a big BC Housing backlog are leaving desperate single moms out in the cold.
Shut Out: How Families Have Fallen Off the Housing Ladder
Owning a home was once the Canadian dream. In Vancouver, it’s out of reach for most.
Evicted: Renting Families Lose Home after Home after Home
In Metro Vancouver, it’s tough to put down roots. Will new rent laws and speculation taxes help?
Indigenous Housing Has Been In Crisis. Things Are Getting Better
Deanna Pointe’s family was shattered by the Sixties Scoop. Now she heads a three-generation family in East Vancouver.