‘Troubled Waters’: How the City of Vancouver became a ‘Tougher Waters’
Vancouver Island has been dubbed the ‘Tough Waters’ by the city, and the residents of the city have found ways to cope with its challenging climate and weather.
From the island’s dense forests to its sprawling, largely undeveloped suburbs, the island is a haven for people with varying needs.
But the island also offers a stark contrast to the mainland, with an average house price of just over $2 million in Vancouver, a city where it’s more common to see a person buying a new, big-screen TV or a new pair of sneakers than a new apartment.
That’s because the islanders are mostly renters and most don’t own their own homes.
The median house price in Vancouver was just under $2.5 million in 2016, according to data from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.
But that number dropped to just $1.6 million in 2017, a drop of more than half since the last census.
While some of the price drops are due to the economic downturn, the other part is because the population is shrinking.
The island has seen its population decline by more than 4,000 people since 2010, according the census.
And even the population of Vancouver’s outer suburbs has decreased by over 4,600 since 2010.
Vancouver Island’s population is about 4,500 people in 2016 and has decreased to 4,100 people in 2017.
That makes it the second-smallest in the city and the fourth-smallstest in Canada.
In the city’s inner suburbs, population is down by about 400 people.
That means the average house on Vancouver Island is now $1,600 more than it was in 2010.
The housing shortage is one of the factors driving the city to become a much more desirable place to live.
“We have a problem here in Vancouver,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson, who has lived on the island since he was a child.
“Our population is just too small and our housing supply is just not adequate.”
While the island has become a tourist attraction, it has also become a destination for expats, who seek a way to escape the stresses of the big city.
Some of those expats have been willing to leave their homes to make the city more affordable for renters and have set up camp on the outskirts of Vancouver.
“They’ve been doing it on the edge of the island,” says Robertson.
“It’s been an extremely popular option, especially for families.”
But the residents are still worried about what the future holds.
“The housing situation is still very much a challenge,” says Chris Anderson, an economist who lives on the Island.
“There’s just too much uncertainty.”
For many residents, the problem isn’t about affordability, but rather the fact that it’s difficult to find affordable housing.
“If the price continues to go down, we’re going to see more and more people come and stay,” says Anderson.
“People will go from Vancouver Island to the city.”
That’s the story for some other parts of Vancouver Island.
The Island of the Rising Sun was the first municipality in the province to implement a mandatory one-bedroom rental rate in 2013, but residents say that policy didn’t make much of a difference.
“One bedroom is a luxury and that’s not really a luxury,” says Michael Richey, a spokesperson for the Island of One-Bedrooms.
“For the average person, it’s not a high price.”
Residents say they also aren’t receiving the information they need from the government on where their properties are, and that they’re not getting the support they need.
Residents are also concerned that they won’t be able to access services like emergency shelters, which they rely on to help those in need.
“You just don’t get enough information,” says Riche.
“That’s a big concern.”
For residents like Riche, who are looking for housing, the city has to start providing them with information.
“A lot of people need housing,” he says.
“And they don’t necessarily have the money to pay for it.”
He also says that Vancouver is becoming more and less affordable for low-income people.
“Vancouver is getting more and better, and it’s becoming more affordable,” he said.
“But it’s still very affordable for a lot of families.”
This is the first census that was done in Vancouver Island, but it’s also the first time it has been conducted in the island city.
Statistics Canada estimates that the population in Vancouver grew by about 20 per cent from 2009 to 2016.
That year, the Island had more than 5,600 people.
The census found that the median house in the area was just over 1,400 square feet, which is about $800.
That is a little more than two square feet larger than the median household income in Vancouver.
The number of households with incomes below $15,000 dropped from 14.6 per cent to 8.9 per cent between 2009 and 2016.
The city also had the