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B.C. to create 1st minister to focus solely on housing crisis, says premier

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The BC government has announced the appointment of a minister dedicated exclusively to housing for British Columbians.

Prime Minister David Evey made the announcement Tuesday at the Sheraton Wall Center in Vancouver. This is where government representatives and stakeholders gathered for the 2022 Housing Central Conference this week.

Eby said it would be the first time in history that a state has a full-time housing minister with no other portfolio. He called the appointment “important.”

Housing is generally considered a responsibility of local governments. The ministry responsible for it was created by NDP Prime Minister Dave Barrett in the 1970s. After his premiership, housing ceased to be a separate ministry.

BC Premier David Eby addressing the 2022 Housing Central Conference on November 22, 2022. (Submitted by BC Non-Profit Housing Association)

Historically, housing issues have been a small part of the responsibility of larger ministries, with inconsistencies as to which ministries share their housing portfolios. and Minister of Reconciliation.

news will come later Two announcements Eby made on Monday Trying to increase the housing stock in the prefecture.

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On Monday, Evie and Rankin introduced new legislation to remove discriminatory age and rental limits in the hierarchy and forge new partnerships between states and local governments to set local housing targets.

Evie Tuesday said, referring to an earlier announcement, “We can’t leave housing on the table.

The new minister will be named when Evie announces her cabinet on December 7th.

Opposition calling for audit

Eby said BC is in the middle of a housing crisis and the state needs to increase housing supply to meet the growing demand.

In a speech Tuesday, he spoke about when he worked as a lawyer for Pivot Legal on Vancouver’s downtown East Side before becoming a politician, advocating for low-income housing.

In addition to holding the position of Attorney General from 2017 to this year, Eby also oversaw the Department of Housing before taking the party’s leadership reins.

Now the opposition is calling for independent audits of two public housing providers, with Eby on his first day in office outlining plans to tackle the housing crisis.

Liberal leader Kevin Falcon says Eby must initiate an independent review with BC Housing and the Atira Women’s Resources Society. advocating financial mismanagement in society Based on leaked reports from accounting firm BDO.

BC Housing is a state-owned company that develops, manages and operates subsidized housing in the state, and Attira is a non-profit housing provider.

Falcon’s audit request came just hours before Eby was scheduled to speak at a housing conference in Vancouver.

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