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Task Force envisions a Burnaby with affordable housing for all residents

Six-month process included largest public engagement in city’s history

The Final Report from the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing, to be presented to Burnaby City Council on Monday, features 18 recommendations and a vision of Burnaby as a “community with affordable housing for all of its residents.”

“Since becoming Mayor of Burnaby last fall, my mission has been to find real, workable and creative solutions to our housing crisis,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “Burnaby is not the only community in Metro Vancouver to face a housing crisis. But I believe the process we followed to find a way forward will set us apart.”

The task force recommendations focus on creating livable neighbourhoods, investing in housing partnerships, supporting rental housing and tenants, and promoting innovative housing policy and building capacity.

“On behalf of Burnaby Council, I would like to thank the Task Force members and the many Burnaby residents whose contributions made this process successful,” said Coun. Pietro Calendino, chair of the task force. “This report is a major step towards developing an effective approach to the housing crisis.”

The task force first met in February 2019 to begin the work of understanding the complexities of housing issues and developing recommendations for City Council. Members include tenants, housing activists, labour leaders, housing providers and development industry professionals. The Task Force met 10 times over six months. Their meetings were grouped into two phases: Phase 1 (Generating Ideas) and Phase 2 (Trade-Offs and Solutions). They issued an Interim Report to City Council in May, identifying 10 “Quick Starts” to build momentum towards housing solutions.

At the same time, the Your Voice Your Home process engaged more than 2,600 residents. Residents shared ideas, concerns and feedback in what has become the largest public engagement exercise in Burnaby’s history. Their input, gathered in two reports, informed the task force’s final report.

“I thank everyone who shared their thoughts and ideas. I'd also like to thank the task force members for generously committing time and effort on behalf of our city, and the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and city staff for their professionalism and dedication,” said Hurley.

Video: Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing

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For more information contact:
Mayor Mike Hurley

Coun. Pietro Calendino (Task Force Chair)

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