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Your Voice. Your Home. Meeting the Housing Needs of Burnaby Residents

Task Force Releases Final Report

The Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing has presented its Final Report which features 18 recommendations and a vision of Burnaby as a “community with affordable housing for all of its residents.”

The Task Force process included extensive public engagement that informed and guided the Task Force about what residents felt was important and what they wanted to see addressed in the final recommendations. More than 2,600 residents shared ideas, concerns and feedback in what has become the largest public engagement exercise in Burnaby’s history. Check out our highlights video to learn more!

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Community housing is an issue that affects us all. Whether you're a young person entering the workforce, a student living with roommates, a young family trying to buy your first home, a single parent at risk of eviction, or a senior seeking space in a retirement home, housing is one of Burnaby’s most urgent challenges.

Your Voice. Your Home: Meeting the Housing Needs of Burnaby Residents was an innovative public outreach and engagement initiative to address Burnaby’s current and future housing needs. It was an opportunity for community members to gather and share ideas, present recommendations and engage with one another to find workable solutions.

These public engagement activities were designed to complement the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing and directly fed into the Final Report presented to City Council.

Your Voice Your Home Phases Diagram

Phase 1: Generating Ideas

The first phase was all about hearing from you, the community, with an opportunity to share your voice, values and experiences. Citizens participated through the Housing Ideas Survey, completed by 1,450 people, and the Community Ideas Workshop, which generated more than 180 great ideas. 

Efforts were also made to connect with local housing advocacy groups. Through a series of public engagement activities, we collected as many ideas as possible from as many residents as possible.

During phase one, the What We Heard Report was published summarizing the ideas collected from Burnaby residents and stakeholders. In addition, the Task Force produced an Interim Report to City Council that identified 10 Quick Start actions to address housing affordability and accessibility. 

Phase 2: Trade Offs and Solutions

Everyone brings a particular perspective to the Community Housing discussion. Phase two was about evaluating different possible housing recommendations and their respective trade-offs.
 
The Interim Report from the Task Force and its 10 “Quick Starts” was the launch point for discussions during the second phase. 

Residents were encouraged to provide feedback through a public survey on these Quick Starts for immediate action. About 300 people completed this survey.

People also came to a Community Recommendations Workshop to engage and connect on recommendations in the best interests of the entire community. Over 400 people registered, about 130 were selected and 100 attended this all-day workshop. A detailed public Discussion Guide was produced to support this dialogue, and the Community Recommendations Report summarizes the recommendations arising from this workshop. 

Final Report

We thank all residents that shared ideas, concerns and feedback in what has become the largest public engagement exercise in Burnaby's history. The Task Force has now completed its Final Report which features 18 recommendations and a vision of Burnaby as a “community with affordable housing for all of its residents.”