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BC NDP housing legislation advances toward third reading

Click to play video: 'B.C. government introduces Housing Supply Act and removes strata rental restrictions'
B.C. government introduces Housing Supply Act and removes strata rental restrictions
While speaking to reporters on Monday at the B.C. legislature, Housing Minister Murray Rankin outlines changes the B.C. government is making to allow for more housing supply in the province – Nov 21, 2022

The first two pieces of legislation proposed by Premier David Eby have passed second reading and return to the legislature today as he follows through on a pledge to act quickly on key issues facing British Columbia.

The Housing Supply Act and Building and Strata Statutes Amendment Act both passed Tuesday after time limits were imposed on debate.

New Democrats and the two Green Party members voted in favour while Opposition Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon and the other 25 BC Liberal members opposed the bills.

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The legislation aims to increase housing supply with measures that will end several rental restrictions and have the potential to force local governments to meet housing growth targets.

Criticism of the bills includes concern that housing growth targets aren’t clearly defined, potentially affecting everything from official community plans to efforts to limit urban sprawl or address climate adaptation.

With the fall session set to conclude Thursday, Eby must move quickly after being sworn-in less than a week ago following former premier John Horgan’s decision to give up the leadership for health reasons.

Click to play video: 'Critics say Housing Supply Act won’t help affordability crisis in B.C.'
Critics say Housing Supply Act won’t help affordability crisis in B.C.

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