Homelessness is a significant issue in BC. BC has the worst record of housing affordability in Canada, and the numbers of homeless and underhoused people are increasing.
In Still Dying on the Streets: Homeless Deaths in British Columbia, Megaphone Magazine found that at least 46 people died on the streets in B.C. in 2014–a 70 per cent increase from the year previous. The median age of death for a homeless person in BC is between 40 and 49 years, almost half the life expectancy of 76.4 years for the average British Columbian.
- Recommit to building thousands of new social and co-op housing units per year. BC should be bringing on stream 10,000 such units per year.
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