VTU Members Organize Against the Developers Lobby to Expand Protection for Affordable Rentals Units

On March 11th, renters and VTU members spoke in favour of a proposal to expand the City of Vancouver’s "Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan" to Commercial zones across the city. Continue reading

Why B.C. Eviction Data Is Out of Reach

  As pandemic-era eviction bans have expired in jurisdictions all around the world, tenants who have been unable to pay rent during a time of crisis are getting evicted en-masse. The B.C. government allowed evictions to resume back in September 2020, attached to a requirement that landlords must offer tenants a punishing 10-month repayment schedule for their rent debt. VTU members have demanded that the eviction ban remain in place for the duration of the pandemic - allowing people to lose their homes during this time is inhumane and dangerous for public health. Continue reading

Metro Vancouver Rents Up 20% Since BC NDP Formed Government

***For Immediate Release*** January 28, 2021     Continue reading

How We Won at Broadway-Carolina

We beat the developer and put a fighting spirit back into the Union Continue reading

VTU Members' Provincial Election Demands

***For immediate release*** September 22, 2020  At our General Meeting on Sept 19, VTU members moved a motion supporting the following items as our union's priorities during the provincial election: Continue reading

B.C. Tenants Report Deteriorating Mental Health, Going Hungry, and Fears About Making Rent

***For immediate release*** August 24, 2020  With the province-wide ban on evictions for non-payment of rent set to end Sept 1st, the Vancouver Tenants Union (VTU) surveyed 400 renters about their rent situations and their overall well-being. The results were alarming. Continue reading

BC Government Paves Way For Mass Evictions This Fall

***For immediate release*** July 16th 2020 Today the Government of British Columbia announced that the ban on evictions due to non-payment of rent will be removed on September 1st, paving the way for thousands of the most vulnerable tenants in BC to become targets of evictions by their landlords. Continue reading