Canadian Rental Housing Coalition

Based in B.C., the Canadian Rental Housing Coalition consists of stakeholders from local government, development and real estate industries, non-profit rental housing groups, tenant rights organizations and rental housing managers. They came together in the fall of 2010 to seek the cooperation of all levels of government in addressing a key piece of the affordable housing solution—rental housing. The Coalition seeks to work collaboratively with all levels of government and the private and non-profit sectors to increase the supply of rental housing in the region.

The Coalition members are:

The Coalition has developed a platform of actions directed to all three levels of government to increase the supply of affordable rental housing. The platform includes federal tax incentives to stimulate investment in rental housing, continued and increased funding for social housing, provincial funding support for rental housing as well as municipal actions to allow increased density, reduced fees and processing times for rental housing development. To help advance its platform, the Coalition has met with and received support from Minister Rich Coleman, BC’s Minister of Energy and Mines and Responsible for Housing. The Coalition has made presentations to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayor’s Caucus and the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, which has resulted in both organizations including rental housing in their pre-budget submissions to the federal government. The Coalition also be presented at the BC Non-Profit Housing Association conference in November 2011 and continues to seek strategic opportunities to advance its objectives politically at the local, provincial and national levels.

The Canadian Rental Housing Coalition is supportive of the “Housing Justice: Public Engagement, Policy Development and Legal Rights” research proposal developed by Penny Gurstein and Margot Young for the UBC Peter Wall Solutions Initiative. The project has excellent potential to bring needed attention and focus to the issue of affordable rental housing in this region. The Coalition is willing to lend its collective experience, data, expertise and recommendations to shape the policy development strand of the project and advise, as requested, on the civic engagement strand. The Coalition will not be participating in the third strand (legal) of the project. The Coalition can be a springboard for ideas and activities where the interests of Coalition members align with project actions, as well as a sounding board for recommendations. The Coalition is pleased to participate in the project and anticipates considerable mutual benefit. Because of the nature of the Coalition governance structure, the Coalition’s participation as a co-applicant in the grant does not mean necessarily that the Coalition will be able to endorse or formally support the particular outcomes and recommendations of the project.

For more information on the Canadian Rental Housing Coalition, please e-mail info@rentalcoalition.ca.