OTTAWA – Statistics released today from the BC Non-Profit Housing Association highlight the housing affordability crisis on South Vancouver Island and reinforce the need for a national urban infrastructure and housing strategy.

“Renters in the Capital region have endured years of neglect from Conservative and Liberal governments,” said NDP MP Murray Rankin (Victoria). “With 49 per cent of Victoria renters pay more than 30 per cent of their before tax income on rent, it is clear we face an urgent need for a national housing strategy.”

Earlier this month the NDP released their Urban Agenda, a vision for Canadian cities that includes affordable and accessible housing across the country.

“In Esquimalt alone, 45 per cent of renters are paying more than 30 per cent of their before tax income on rent,” said NDP MP Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca). “New Democrats have committed to working with all levels of government to establish a national plan which will improve housing affordability and accessibility, and make life more affordable for all Canadians.”