Housing Policy Fundamentals
Housing policy in Metro Vancouver can be a maze of complicated terminologies and confusing characteristics, face a vacuum of empirical data, and become prone to misunderstanding and misinformation. Amongst the most contentious have been debates on what constitutes affordable housing, who should be responsible, and how and where to make affordable housing happen.
In this course, you will learn about the foundational concepts and debates of housing Metro Vancouver.
The course will lay the foundation for explaining the local and regional housing landscape, survey the strengths and weaknesses of different housing policy responses and, in particular, the affordability crisis. It will look specifically at some of the innovative policy-making coming out of BC.
This introductory course will transform the way you view housing and offer new opportunities to understand the affordable housing crisis. It will be of interest to community leaders, students of urban issues, housing providers, land use planners and related professionals, and anyone interested in elevating the discourse surrounding this complex problem.
Note: You will have up to one week to complete the post-course take-home assignment, which will be graded Pass or Fail.
- Tue, Jan 31, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
- Tue, Feb 7, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
- Tue, Feb 14, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
- Tue, Feb 21, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
What you will learn
After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:
- Describe Canada’s housing system, the regional housing market, government’s fundamental role in the housing system, key terminology, why housing policy is important, and the role of other actors in the country’s housing system
- Explain debates on the nature and causes of postwar housing problems in Canada
- Describe common housing market problems and myths
- Identify housing policy tools that can be used to address these problems and their outcomes
How you will learn and be evaluated
- Expect instructor-led presentations and class discussions
- Prepare to discuss, debate and formulate your own opinions
You will be evaluated on:
- Final assignment (pass/fail) due 1 week after the last session
Who should take this course?
This introductory course is for both professionals and engaged citizens with an interest in learning more about housing policy in Metro Vancouver and Canada.
No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.
For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.
Professional development credits
AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.