As home prices skyrocket on Penticton, British Columbia, its city council voted to shut down a homeless shelter, which would put its 42 residents on the street. B.C.’s minister of housing David Eby has vowed to override this decision. With more people working from home Penticton has become a popular place to live.
Across Canada, the pandemic has led to a boom in housing sales as well as rising rents in small and medium sized cities as those with the ability to work from home are seeking more space and a quieter pace of life.
This means that Canadian workers who are not making a high wage are at risk of becoming homeless.