THE SHORTAGE OF AFFORDABLE RENTAL UNITS in Kamloops is the result of deliberate government policy starting with the Mulroney Conservatives in the 1990s. Not just Kamloops but all Canada was affected.
Governments stopped investment in affordable rental units for a number of reasons: strong wage growth from 1996 to 2006 coupled with declining interest rates and modest housing prices enticed more renters into home ownership.
But by the mid-2000s, stagnant wages and the growth of low-paying jobs along with escalating housing prices pushed people into rentals.
Now the federal Liberals in cooperation with the B.C. government and CMHC have reversed that trend with an investment in affordable housing.
David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.