June Townhall: Will Burnaby’s new housing policies protect tenants from displacement?

Join the Stop Demovictions Burnaby Townhall this Wednesday, June 5 2019, 6:30-8:30 PM, at the 3rd floor of the Burnaby Neighbourhood House, 4460 Beresford Street (across from Metrotown Skytrain Station)

The City of Burnaby has been busy lately!

On May 13th, the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing released its interim report that recommended 10 quick start ideas to tackle the housing crisis in the city. These ranged from creating a modular housing strategy, to establishing a rent bank, to regulating short term rentals, to curbing speculation, and more.

Then on May 27th, City Council voted in favour of a 4 stream housing policy that marked a new approach to protecting and increasing the rental housing stock in the city and making rental housing more affordable.

Both of these initiatives were accompanied by a lot of media attention, and Burnaby’s new rental housing strategy has received positive reactions across the country. But what does it all mean?

At this town hall, we want to examine and discuss both of these initiatives, to peel back the technical language and media hype to see what is going on and how it will impact Indigenous and working class tenants in Metrotown. What is being proposed? Will these recommendations and policy changes protect tenants from displacement? What does “affordability” really mean?

Join us for a night of information sharing and lively discussion.
This town hall is being held on the unceded Indigenous territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh nations.