Get Involved

Help us grow our tenant-powered movement and fight for housing as a human right for all

The VTU is organized into several broad working groups, all of which work together in various ways. Below are some basic descriptions of each group and opportunities to get involved.

Movements like ours are made by those who show up and do the work. Will you be one of them?

If you are interested in learning more, or want to join a working group, you can attend one of our monthly General Meetings or email us:

Active Working Groups

Membership Team: 

VTU Membership Team oversees member relations & outreach, as well as manages the member database. If you don't know much about the VTU but want to get involved, this is a great way to start and see all the moving parts. 

First-time volunteers might help with:

  • Sign-in/sign-up table at monthly General Meetings (GMs)
  • Tabling at events (such as Car Free Day)

Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Taking minutes at General Meetings
  • Phone-banking our members 
  • Member data management
  • Answering emails
  • Offering language interpretation at meetings/events

Want to learn more? Contact the Membership Team Rep:

Outreach and Advocacy Team (OAT):

This working group is made up of organizers and tenant advocates who engage in direct actions to support tenant rights to safe and affordable housing. We meet with tenants in troubled buildings to help them organize for better housing conditions. We build grassroots tenant power and local leadership to challenge for example, chronic building disrepair, unfair evictions or landlord intimidation tactics. Depending on the situation, sometime we advocate for tenants at the Residential Tenancy Board, in the media, or with the government directly. 

First-time volunteers might help with:

  • Door-knocking or posting flyers in a problem building
  • Assisting an experienced tenant organizer
  • Participating in tenancy law workshops

Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Assisting with larger campaigns
  • Tenant Organizing
  • Solidarity Advocacy

Want to learn more? Contact the OAT Reps:

Communications Team

The VTU Comms Team is responsible for both internal (membership), and external (social media, press) communications. Working closely with other VTU Working Groups, Comms team members help develop and implement outreach strategy for events, campaigns and more. 

First-time volunteers might help with:

  • Designing a poster or graphic
  • Capturing an event with photo or video
  • Covering an event and writing a piece for our blog/newsletter

    Other volunteer opportunities include:
  • Managing social media accounts
  • Writing press releases
  • Composing member email newsletters & website updates
  • Developing communications and campaigns strategy
  • Translating VTU materials to other languages

Want to learn more? Contact the Comms Team Rep:

City Hall Team: 

This working group was formed in the aftermath of VTU's mass mobilization of hundreds of speakers, letter writers and supporters to pass Councillor Swanson's Stop Renovictions motion in Nov and Dec 2018. 

Since then this team has actively participated in tenants related motions, reports and other issues at City Hall. We have collaborated with tenant friendly councillors, organized speakers and letter writing campaigns on important motions to try and push for the changes that we need municipally. We also connect with OAT and VTU's local chapters to bring tenants issues and voices to city hall. As well we work on analyzing policy that comes out of City Council and making City Hall knowledge accessible to our members. The overall goal of this working group is to empower tenants voices in democracy, make space for tenants in City Hall decision making and to push for tenant-friendly regulations at City Council level.

The predecessor campaign to this working group was VTU's Renters Report campaign for the 2018 municipal election, where tenant participants gathered from across the City to grade 2018 Mayor and council candidates and parties responses to a VTU's questionnaire on renters issues. VTU organizers then worked to distribute the resulting report card among renters of the City and worked on turning tenants out to vote.

Want to learn more? Contact the City Hall Team Rep:

Data Tools Working Group

The Data Tools Working Group uses data as a resource for tenants in their struggle against the increasing precariousness of the housing situation in Vancouver. We organize on Discord.

First-Time volunteers might help with:

  • Researching/amalgamating data online
  • Coding (beginners and experts alike are welcome)
  • Other web/digital projects in the VTU


Want to learn more? Contact the Datatools Team Rep:

Local Chapters

Want to get involved directly in issues going on in your own neighbourhood?

Local chapters work in tandum with other working groups to carry out organizing campaigns, host outreach events and more. This is part of a broader effort to de-centralize the VTU.

First-time volunteers might help with:

  • Write a letter (to city council, for example)
  • Door-knocking or posting flyers in a problem building
  • Designing a poster or graphic
  • Tabling in your neighbourhood
  • Calling local chapter members

Get in touch with your Local Chapter:

  • Mt. Pleasant [Email coming soon - contact to get connected]
  • Hastings Sunrise: [Email coming soon - contact to get connected]
  • Marpole:
  • West End:

Real Rent Control Campaign

The Real Rent Control Campaign is a province-wide campaign to win back vacancy control for tenants, where rent control is tied to the unit, not the tenant. 

First-time volunteers might help with:

  • Attending a meeting, learning more about the campaign
  • Tabling

Lots more info here:


New Teams/Working Groups

Are you a member who wants to start a working group?

Please get in touch! 

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