Convention: 2017

WHEREAS the availability of rental housing is scarce in some parts of the country and the cost of what is available is high; and

WHEREAS the price of home ownership is beyond the reach of many in the heavily populated parts of the country; and

WHEREAS many people are forced to work at 2 or 3 jobs to pay rents/mortgages; and

WHEREAS many people are forced to move away from family, friends and their work in order to find affordable housing, but then must endure long commutes to work and family; and

WHEREAS the number of seniors who are homeless is on the increase,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call on the federal government to work with the territorial and provincial governments and their municipal counterparts to provide funding and guidelines for the immediate construction of affordable (that is 30% of family income) rental housing in areas of the country with the most pressing need; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call on the federal government to work with said groups to develop a plan for affordable housing provisions and roll out that plan across the country; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call on the federal government to insist that territories and provincial governments set guidelines in place and organizations staffed to enforce those guidelines to protect the interests of tenants and landlords.


Submitted by COUNCIL OF SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATIONS of B C