Prepared by the Community Social Planning Council for the September 19, 2019 Healthy and Safe Environments Workshop
Living Wage for Greater Victoria: Expenses up but living wage down
VICTORIA – Survey reveals that Victoria’s tight housing market is meaning renovictions, demovictions, discrimination, living in poor quality housing, and increased vulnerability for renters.
A new study by the Community Social Planning Council of Victoria and the Victoria Tenants Action Group, Can’t Stay and Can’t Go: A participatory action research project on rental housing instability in Greater Victoria, brings forward renter voices about lived experiences in today’s housing crisis. Nearly 500 renters participated in the online survey and in-person roundtables.
The survey reveals critical impacts of lack of affordability and lack of availability on renters, from high levels of discrimination to feeling trapped in poor conditions. 92% of participants reported that high rents were a barrier to finding housing, while 55% cited increasing cost as a threat to remaining in their current home.