Advocacy



2020 BC Provincial Election Campaign

British Columbians will elect their new provincial government on October 24th, 2020. There is no question that affordable housing and homelessness are amongst the top issues affecting voters.  Building on the success of our Rental Housing Index, we have compiled easy to navigate rental affordability data in each of B.C.’s 87 ridings to help you evaluate the affordability situation in your local riding. This was compiled using the most recent Statistics Canada census data to lay out a variety of information including average rental housing costs, housing costs as a percentage of income, as well as overcrowding and other useful statistics to measure housing affordability.

2019 Federal Campaign

Canadians will elect their new federal government on October 21, 2019. The need for affordable housing is a persistent issue facing communities across the country that all parties should be addressing in this election campaign. We are asking all parties and their candidates, to “Make Housing Central” in their campaigns.

2018 Civic Campaign

During the lead-up to the October 20th, 2019 civic elections, we are asking our non-profit and cooperative housing members to take action in helping us to ensure that affordable housing is addressed by their candidates. We are also asking all candidates across the province to Make Housing Central in their campaigns.

There is no question that affordable housing is one of the single most important issues that all candidates should be addressing in this election period.

As part of our ongoing advocacy for our members, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) and the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) have joined together under the umbrella of “Housing Central.” Our focus during the campaign period will be to engage and educate candidates on the need for safe, secure and affordable housing and to support our members in connecting and engaging with their local aspirants.

BC's Affordable Housing Plan

The Affordable Housing Plan provides a ten-year roadmap to significantly reduce affordable housing challenges in communities across British Columbia. There is real opportunity to ensure that future infrastructure and supports will benefit individuals and families of all incomes and backgrounds, and will be responsive to local needs. Ensuring strong investment partnerships for a thriving affordable housing sector is not only the right thing to do for British Columbians, it will also save costs and provide major economic stimulus to the BC economy.



Make Housing Central

A realistic plan to solve BC’s affordable housing crisis

Rapidly surging house prices, historically low rental vacancies, long waitlists for social housing, and a massive homelessness epidemic-all these have led to many British Columbians feeling trapped in their current housing situation. In Make Housing Central, Kishone Roy, former CEO of BC Non-Profit Housing Association, tells the story of the affordable housing crisis in BC and proposes a realistic long-term plan to solve it.

Rental Housing Coalition

The Rental Housing Coalition includes stakeholders from local government, development and real estate industries, co-operatives and non-profit rental housing groups, who work to seek the cooperation of all levels of government in addressing issues related to rental housing.



Canadian Rental Housing Index

The Canadian Rental Housing Index (CRHI) is a comprehensive database of rental housing statistics, displaying information for more than 800 regions and municipalities across the country. Read more on the rentalhousingindex.ca website

Our Home, Our Future: Projections of Rental Housing Demand and Core Housing Need

Our Home, Our Future: Projections of Rental Housing Demand and Core Housing Need is the first ever publicly available provincial and regional projections of rental housing demand and core housing need for BC and its regional districts, looking ahead to the year 2036. The projections tell us what needs to be achieved. Read more on the bcnpha.ca/research/bcnpha-rental-demand-projections-to-2036 website.

2020 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver

Governments, funders and community agencies rely on data from homeless counts to help make informed policy and program decisions. As in previous years, the goals of the 2020 Homeless Count were to obtain a reliable estimate on the number of people experiencing homelessness, to obtain a demographic profile of those individuals through the count survey, and to identify long-term data trends of homelessness in the region.

2017 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver

In 2017 BC Non-Profit Housing Association conducted the Homeless Count on behalf of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy’s Community Entity Metro Vancouver in partnership with Community Homelessness Tables across the region.



2017 Provincial Campaign

Residents of British Columbia will go to the polls on May 9, 2017 and we invite you to join us to “Make Housing Central” for all candidates in the upcoming provincial election.