Why And How To Change Eviction Law In British Columbia, Canada

homeless tents and belongings in a snow squal.
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One in four tenants evicted in British Columbia becomes homeless. Revising eviction laws could change that.

The phrase ‘everyone needs a home’ rings true as the snow flies outside this writer’s window. Everyone Needs A Home is also a fitting title for First United’s report that recommends changes to landlord-tenant law in British Columbia.

This report is one important outcome of finally having access to data about evictions in Canada. The new data comes from a survey initiated by the federal government. It allows comparisons between provinces. The federal survey gathers information from tenants and bypasses the multiple challenges of making comparisons between provinces and territories that each use different definitions rules and procedures for eviction.

The highest rates of eviction are in British Columbia1. The rates are significantly higher than in any other province or territory.

Everyone Needs A Home makes recommendations to amend eviction rules in British Columbia’s landlord-tenant legislation. The recommendations are based on analysis of eviction records and experience with the existing landlord-tenant law. One of every four tenants evicted becomes homeless.

First United has shared the recommendations in Everyone Needs A Home with the British Columbia government. The agency also invites people who live in British Columbia to sign a petition in support of the reforms. Everyone Needs A Home is an excellent resource for legislative reform in British Columbia.

British Columbia is not the only jurisdiction where the law facilitates evictions2. Community organizations and advocates in other locations may want to read Everyone Needs A Home for its the analysis and recommendations. The report is posted at First United: Everyone Needs A Home

Footnotes

  1. For more on this try: Canadian Housing Survey Sheds Light On High Eviction Rates In British Columbia
  2. The United Kingdom’s no-fault evictions are another example.