Vancouver Council Expands Tenant Relocation Policy - But Not Much Else

Following Cllr Jean Swanson’s motion to protect tenants from renovictions and aggressive buyouts - which VTU members rallied council to pass last December - city staff completed their final report back and recommendations... Continue reading

Renters Demand a Green New Deal

On May 25, 2019 the VTU hosted a town hall discussion focused on the intersection of tenant struggles and the Pact for a Green New Deal: an ambitious policy platform to retool and restructure the economy to face the crisis of climate change within the next decade and democratize society in the process. Continue reading

Tenants Still Fighting Renovictions as Laws Slowly Shift

  Five months after the disappointing Rental Housing Task Force report, the provincial government is still dragging its heels on action against renovictions and other tenant protections. Continue reading

Demoviction: Hastings-Sunrise Seniors Fighting to Stay

A Call for Support of Alice Saunders Residents Alice Saunders House is home to 64 low income seniors and managed by non-profit Brightside Community Homes Foundation. Brightside has decided to invest a $18.1 million grant from the BC government in demolishing Alice Saunders Building and replacing it with a mixed market and non-market building.  Continue reading

Video: "Capital City" Author Samuel Stein Visits

On May 21, the VTU and The Mainlander co-hosted a panel discussion on gentrification and housing justice organizing with author Samuel Stein and local housing activists Sydney Ball, Nathan Crompton, and Nat Lowe. Continue reading

Province Slow To Roll Out Renoviction Protections

Five months on from the disappointing Rental Housing Task Force report, provincial government drags its heels on action against renovictions and other tenant protections Continue reading

All-Spanish Language Info Session for Community in Vancouver: More to Come

On April 9: VTU Steering Committee member Rocco Trigueros organized a Spanish-speaking tenants’ rights session for the community in Vancouver. There are about 37,000 people in Vancouver with Spanish as their first language.                   Continue reading

West End Chapter Launch

On March 24th 2019, the inaugural meeting of the VTU West End Chapter took place at Gordon Neighbourhood House... Continue reading

Join VTU in Supporting the Motion to Re-Conceptualize City's Rental 100 Program

Vancouver Cllr. Jean Swanson is bringing a motion to City Council next Wednesday, April 3 to stop giving subsidies (in the form of Development Cost Levy (DCL) waivers) for the construction of luxury, unaffordable rentals incorrectly named "affordable for-profit market rentals". Continue reading

Hastings Sunrise Chapter - First Meeting

One Tuesday Jan 29th, Hastings Sunrise tenants met to initiate a VTU local chapter in this renter-heavy neighbourhood. Continue reading