You’re Invited: City of Vancouver’s Re:Address Week Public Event Series on Housing Affordability October 24 – 28, 2016, at No Cost for Most Events

The following video presents BC Consultation on the National Housing Strategy:
On September 13th and 14th, 2016, housing experts from across B.C. came together to discuss what they’d like to see included in the federal government’s forthcoming National Housing Strategy.

Over 100 stakeholders discussed a range of housing issues affecting British Columbians including:
• Rental Supply
• Affordable Home Ownership
• First Nations Housing
• Serving the Most Vulnerable
• Social Housing
• Sustainable Communities

The input gathered through the facilitated workshops will help to frame British Columbia’s feedback in the development of the new National Housing Strategy.

This is an update to the previous blog, Canada’s New National Housing Strategy – Canadians, Share Your Ideas & Views before October 21, 2016 + Belinda’s Place Opens to Offer Affordable Housing for Canadian Women Who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness


The City of Vancouver’s Re:Address Week will feature a series of events designed to improve the dialogue on housing affordability in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

“Vancouver’s housing crisis is impacting people of all ages and neighbourhoods, with young people being hit especially hard. Vancouver is doing everything we can to protect and build affordable homes, using all tools available to ensure the best use of all our housing, but we need the support of senior governments to deepen affordability and support both owners and renters in this tough market. The federal government’s National Housing Strategy is a tremendous opportunity to up the ante on investments in affordable housing.”

Mayor Gregor Robertson
  • Re:Address Week will run October 24 – 29, offering a wide variety of engaging events that will take place, throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

“Come participate in an innovative, accessible, and interactive process with global leaders, local experts, and engaged citizens that will help us shape the priorities of our Housing and Homelessness Strategy over the next five to ten years.

We will be exploring ways to best deliver a diversity of long-term housing solutions that are resilient, future-focused, and – most of all – target the needs of people who live and work in Vancouver.

The housing crisis has produced a wealth of innovative ideas. Now we need a diversity of voices and creative partnerships to bring these ideas to fruition.”

The City of Vancouver and its partners and collaborators invite you to “explore ideas, share solutions and envision futures where cities are able to produce a diversity of housing options that reflect the needs of all their citizens,” at the following FREE events:

  • Monday, Oct. 24, 2016: Right to Adequate Housing
    Legal experts and housing advocates discuss the ‘Right to Adequate Housing’ and the realities of implementing this right at a local level. Co-sponsored by Allard School of Law, UBC and the City of Vancouver.
    Creekside Community Centre
    1 Athletes Way
    Multipurpose Room #4
    7:00pm – 9:00pm
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  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: Building Housing Common Ground
    Hosted by Generation Squeeze, this 1-day event seeks to develop policy recommendations for all levels of government on meeting the housing affordability needs of younger generations, from 20-40 years of age.
    Simon Fraser University
    Campus and room to be announced.
    9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: Renters, Real Estate & Economic Resiliency in Vancouver
    Deepening our understanding of the global housing market and how local policy & regulation measures impact our economic resiliency.
    UBC Robson Square Theatre
    800 Robson Street
    2:00pm – 4:00pm
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  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: Millennial Activate
    An interactive session that encourages millennials to engage with their municipal governments to influence housing policy and ensure their voices are heard.
    Vancity Theatre
    1181 Seymour St.
    7:30pm – 9:30pm
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  • Wednesday, Oct. 26: Events To Be Confirmed
  • Thursday, Oct. 27: Re:Address Summit Housing and Future of City Building
    The City of Vancouver’s first international housing summit, poised to bring 500 international, national and local thought leaders and experts together to explore ideas and solutions and contribute to accelerate affordable housing goals.
    The program will include keynotes, a mayors’ roundtable, panel discussions, short presentations and several opportunities for networking.
    The Vancouver Convention Centre
    999 Canada Place
    2nd floor, Parkview Terrace Room
    7:30am – 5:30pm
  • Friday, Oct. 28: Regional Summit: Housing Affordability
    Leaders from across Metro Vancouver and other regions seek solutions and connections between housing affordability and other factors impacting young people and families, including transportation and childcare costs.
    Law Courts Inn
    800 Smithe St, 5th Floor
    7:30am – 11:00am
  • Friday, Oct. 28: Non-Profit Housing Summit: Business Transformation
    Local and international non-profits meet with government partners to explore models that promote a strong future for non-profit housing provision.
    Law Courts Inn
    800 Smithe St., 5th Floor
    12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 29: Innovative Housing Design & Construction: Part 1: The ‘Hows & Whys’ of Modular Housing
    This session will show how modular housing works to achieve urgent housing needs with flexibility and affordability using construction and design innovation. International examples, as well as local modular housing models will be presented with opportunities to explore hands-on exhibits and learning.
    Museum of Vancouver
    1100 Chestnut Street
    Room TBA
    10:30am – 12:00PM
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  • Saturday, Oct. 29: Innovative Housing Design & Construction: Part 2: The Future of Affordable, Sustainable Design
    Part 2 of Innovative Housing Design will focus on the intersection of affordability, sustainability and simplicity, discussing the role of passive house, as well as other innovations such as the tallest wood building to be built at UBC.
    Museum of Vancouver
    1100 Chestnut Street
    Room TBA
    1:00PM – 3:30PM
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Various Dates To Be Announced For the Following Events:

  • A Guided Walking Tour of the Olympic Village
    A guided walking tour provided by City of Vancouver staff and local community members of The Olympic Village and the surrounding False Creek Developments. Discussion will revolve around urban design examples and how challenges with financing were overcome.
    Olympic Village
    Meeting place TBA
  • This Is: The Woodwards Project Tour
    This Is: brings diverse narratives together into a choreographed, baton-pass style tour of the Woodwards redevelopment project, providing an ‘insider look’ into the complexity of planning for one of Vancouver’s creative, engaged, and low-income neighbourhoods.
    Downtown Eastside
    Meeting Place TBA
  • West End Guided Walking Tour
    Hosted by the COV, participants will explore the past and future of community planning and the role of rental housing in Vancouver’s West End.
    West End
    Meeting location TBA

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