Supporting the calculations behind the blog on solving the Metro Vancouver housing crisis :


Estimated rental rates costs are such that for a two-bedroom unit, a renter needs to earn around $30 to 35 dollars per hour in wages. At this level of income, the rental cost is 30% of total earnings.


Total households in Metro Vancouver is 917K (thousand)


Looking at the actual wages earned – which are much lower – the estimate is 12.8% of households earn less than $30K per year. Each of these households is estimated as a $15K shortfall each year to bring current rents under 30% of total annual household earnings. Assuming about 90% in this income level are renters, the subsidy required for this group is 105K households times $15K each or  $1.5B (Billion) a year total.





Similarly households earning between 30K and 60K a year is 20.3% of households. Assuming 30% are renters then these 56K renters need a subsidy of $7K a year which totals $0.5B for Metro Vancouver.


The two groups of subsidies together total  $2.0 B per year required to reduce rental costs for these low-income households to 30% of annual earnings. 



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Rental Rates:

Housing units projected from Port Coquitlam statistics. (


Income levels per Tri-City News


Populations estimates:

For Vancouver from:

For BC  from:

For Canada from:





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