Burnaby mayor’s task force needs input from Burnaby co-ops

  16 May 2019

The City of Burnaby is implementing an innovative approach to tackling the affordable housing issue with the “Your Voice. Your Home.” public outreach initiative, the result of Mayor Mike Hurley’s task force and commitment to changing the city’s housing landscape.

After an extensive public engagement process, Burnaby has just released its interim report featuring 10 “Quick Start” actions designed to build on existing momentum with concrete, immediate actions, and inspire deeper discussion about longer-term solutions. These Quick Starts include recommendations to support renters, create new housing partnerships, control short-term rentals, and more.

The community housing sector is pleased to be represented on the task force by CHF BC Executive Director Thom Armstrong, and we’re committed to contributing to positive outcomes.

“It’s an honour to be working with such a dedicated and diverse group of people who share one mission – a safe, secure and affordable home for everyone in Burnaby,” Armstrong said. “Sitting on the task force is a lot of work, but we are supported by the enormous efforts of a talented and tireless staff and the expert facilitation of the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. I’m looking forward to producing a final report we can all be proud of.”

To create the final report (to be presented to Burnaby council in July), the task force needs the valuable input of housing co-ops and co-op members. Learn more about the process so far through the Discussion Guide, and then share your ideas by taking part in the online Quick Starts and Trade-Offs Survey, which runs until May 22.