Who We Are


The Vancouver Tenants Union seeks to build a base of tenants throughout the city to establish political power to create change.

Over 50% of Vancouver households are rentals, yet tenants continue to be disempowered and disconnected. In an effort to address this, the Vancouver Tenants Union is committed to educating renters on their rights and standing up to landlords and developers who persistently compromise our security and livelihood.

We are fighting for the rights of tenants and the preservation of affordable housing. Everyone, regardless of class, lifestyle, ability, age, gender, race, sexuality, or citizenship deserves a safe, secure, and affordable home. 

We Demand:

  • Real Rent Control

  • Eviction Protections

  • More Affordable Housing

  • Better Incomes for All

No Displacement on Stolen Native Land

We acknowledge that we are organizing, living, and resisting on unceded Coast Salish territories, specifically of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. We recognize that displacement and gentrification are part of the larger colonial and capitalist systems that occupy these lands. Fighting for tenants rights, is a fight for housing justice for all. No more displacement on stolen Native land!

Interim Steering Committee

The VTU's interim Steering Committee's mandate is to steer our union towards an inaugural Convention in the fall of 2017, where members will vote to ratify our constitution, bylaws, and elect a governing body to carry the union forward. Member of the interim Steering Committee are:

Derya Akay, Sydney Ball, Vivienne Bessette, Molly Billows, Justin Choi, Marina Classen, Sam Dharmapala, Kell Gerlings, Shazia Ghaznavi, Cristian Hernandez-Blick, Beverly Ho, Mark Iyengar, Liam McClure, Lama Mugabo, Derrick O’Keefe, Wendy Pederson, Sho Shibata, Neil Vokey