Urban
Development
Institute

pacific region

 

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TAXATION

BC NDP BC LIBERAL  BC GREEN 
A temporary 100% PST rebate on select machinery and equipment.

A 15% refundable tax credit based on eligible new payroll for businesses.

Removal of PST for 1-year, then subsequent reduction to 3%.

Eliminate SVT and replace with a capital gains tax on pre-sale assignments.

Implement higher property taxes for non-residents of Canada.

Conduct a full review of property taxes to ensure small businesses can survive.

Appoint an independent Fair Tax Commission, comprised of non-partisan economic experts, to immediately review all provincial taxes, and to recommend which should be adjusted, reduced or eliminated

Eliminate Small Business Income Tax.

Work with municipalities to review the current property tax structure to incent affordable housing development, prevent speculation and drive affordable rental housing.

Implement split assessments for the commercially-rented portion of buildings through a new commercial property sub-class.

Create a new residential property sub-class for rental housing of three or more units.

Change BC Assessment practices to ensure rental properties are no longer valued based on the highest and best use, but rather on actual rental use.

Immediately reinstate the scheduled carbon tax increase and return to regular and predictable increases in the carbon tax of $10 per year.

Work with local governments to explore modernization of revenue models to fully capture the public’s fair share of the land lift from transit-oriented development.

Work with local governments in partnership to reform our local government finance system, which leaves local governments overly reliant on regressive property taxes and unable to properly deliver the projects required for cities in the 21st century. 

Close the bare trust loophole.

Close loopholes in the speculation tax that allow too many foreign owners and satellite families to be exempt.

RENTAL

BC NDP BC LIBERAL  BC GREEN 
Rent freeze until the end of 2021, afterwards annual rent increases will be permanently limited to inflation.

 

Income-tested renter’s rebate of $400/year for HH earning up to $80K/year and not receiving any other rental support.

Implement a short-term commercial-rent relief plan that flows relief directly to tenants, and supports small businesses unable to access current relief programs.

Ensure no net loss of rental units in real estate redevelopment projects.

Ensure prompt and effective resolution of tenancy disputes.

(See tax changes above)

 

Introduce a rental supplement that will:

  • Close the gap between affordable rent and what renters are actually paying.
  • Introduce means-tested grant that applies to low and moderate income earners who are paying more than 30% of their income in rent

 Allocate $300 million to create a 6-month rent subsidy program for small businesses.

For qualifying businesses, cover 25% of the rental costs. Criteria:

  • Small business limited to $50,000 in monthly rent costs

Simple, accessible criteria developed to support access to program. 

PROCESS AND APPROVALS 

BC NDP BC LIBERAL  BC GREEN 
Eliminate “outdated” parking minimums near transit.

Develop a “single-window” provincial permitting process.

Work with municipalities to streamline their development approval processes (DAPR).

Improve the municipal development approval process, based on best practices.

Launch a comprehensive review of regulatory processes to ensure more timely approvals.

Work with municipalities to review the current property tax structure to incent affordable housing development, prevent speculation and drive affordable rental housing.

Require reviews of Official Community Plans every five years that are public, robust and transparent; require that zoning bylaws then be updated to reflect changes to the plan within one year after adoption.

Reduce delays in building-permit approvals and new homeowner costs.

Provide provincial funding to create a digital tracking tool to allow municipalities and applicants to track the progress of individual applications and identify roadblocks.

Ensure sustainable and efficient land-use decisions, by ensuring more timely approvals from the Environmental Assessment Office.

INCREASING THE SUPPLY OF NEW HOMES

BC NDP BC LIBERAL  BC GREEN 
Recommitment to 114K new affordable homes in 10 years.

Continuation of Homes for BC Plan.

Recommitment to Housing Hub funding program offering low interest loans for projects constructing homes for middle-income HHs. 

Establish an incentive fund for municipalities with housing policies that enable demonstrable increases in the construction and supply of new housing.

Implement tax and permitting changes to boost housing supply, including rental and market housing.

Strengthen and enforce Regional Growth Strategy targets so they are robust and effective.

Support zoning reform to provide inclusionary zoning and to ensure that the Residential Rental Tenure Zoning (RRTZ) tool cannot be used to devalue and downzone property.

Work with local governments to expand the “missing middle”, such as townhouses and triplexes.

BELOW-MARKET AND SUPPORTIVE HOUSING 

BC NDP BC LIBERAL  BC GREEN 
Recommitment to 114K new affordable homes in 10 years.

Expand the Housing Hub to partner with non-profit and co-op housing providers to acquire and preserve existing rental housing.

Through the Housing Hub, explore new affordable home ownership models include rent-to-own and equity building programs.

Recommitment to build 2,200 more supportive housing units through the 10-year Homes for BC Plan to address encampments.

Provide new rent supplements for residents of supportive housing to support their transition to independent living.

Recommitment to delivering 1,750 new homes both on and off reserve.

Lobby the Federal government to provide urgent housing for Indigenous people.

Use provincial and municipal land for affordable housing.

Support and develop co-operative housing and other alternative ownership models.

Take a housing first approach and accelerate investments to affordable, supportive and social housing on a priority basis.

Expand supports for co-op housing through extending leases for existing co-ops about to expire, create a land bank for new co-ops, and provide security of tenure for co-ops on leased land.

Establish a capital fund to support the acquisition and maintenance of rental housing by non-profits to maintain affordable rental units and address the financialization of the rental market.

STRATA INSURANCE 

BC NDP BC LIBERAL  BC GREEN 
Further to the work of the BCFSA, if rates have not corrected by the end of 2021, develop a public strata insurance option, similar to Saskatchewan. Enable affordable condominium strata insurance by: encouraging and facilitating self-insurance models for stratas; eliminating the practice of “best-terms” pricing; and reducing statutorily-required insurance for strata properties from full replacement value to a level in line with actual claims cost history.

Review B.C. Building Code and implement new requirements focused on the prevention and severity of water damage events.

Convene a taskforce to deal with the rising cost of strata insurance and develop solutions as soon as the BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) finishes their investigation. The taskforce should include insurance brokers, insurers and strata owners.

TRANSIT, TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

BC NDP BC LIBERAL  BC GREEN 
Increased connections within the TransLink network for people living in the Fraser Valley and the Sea-to-Sky region and expanded West Coast Express service.

Widen the Highway 1 to ease congestion by 2026.

Work with communities to complete the SkyTrain connection to Surrey and Langley and add new rail and rapid bus lines.

Support planning and development for other projects include high-speed transit to the North Shore and expansion of the rail network in the Fraser Valley.

Invest an addition 1% of annual GDP ($3bn) in new capital commitments including schools, hospitals, childcare spaces, roads, and transit.

This includes Hwy. 1 widening.

Construct a new 10-lane bridge over the Massey crossing.

Improve our roads, public transit, schools, and clean transportation infrastructure, as part of the biggest infrastructure investment in BC history – $8bn Rebuild BC plan for infrastructure investment.

Continue TransLink expansion to go where the population is growing in Metro Vancouver — including south of the Fraser, the Fraser Valley, and North Vancouver.

Expand transportation corridors, including widening the Trans-Canada highway in the Fraser Valley to six lanes all the way to Whatcom Road.

Ensure no disruption in future transit expansion due to the pandemic. 

Work with local and regional governments to redesign the transit funding model and establish an equitable, stable long-term funding model for transit. 

  • This review would include consideration of mobility pricing.

Work with local governments to establish a vision for sustainable transportation for the South Island through a regional transportation strategy, establishing a regional governance body, investing to support expansion of public transit options and building frequent and affordable public transportation links between cities.

Partner with local governments to drive development of more walkable neighbourhoods, complete communities, active transportation and healthy community design, by providing funding for cost shared funding for projects such as bike lanes, trails, parks, community spaces, and pedestrian-only streets.

Develop climate and sustainability criteria, including consideration of cumulative impacts, that will be applied to all future capital projects including transportation infrastructure investments.

In addition, note the revenue capture model proposed for transit-oriented development above.

 

ENVIRONMENT 

 BC NDP BC LIBERAL  BC GREEN 
Recommitment to and legislating of CleanBC and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Empower local governments to set their own carbon pollution performance standards for new buildings.

Expand CleanBC and zero emissions vehicle program to industrial vehicles.

Require realtors to provide energy efficiency information on listed homes to incent energy-saving upgrades

Spur more energy-efficiency upgrades with programs and incentives for both residential and commercial buildings including the use of the PACE program.

Continue to prioritize the use of mass timber in public sector construction.

Develop and engineered wood and clean tech innovation cluster.

Create a watershed security strategy to plan, manage and protect local watersheds for the public good and step up protection of fish habitat through their biodiversity strategy.

Identify holes in existing emergency response procedures and resources, with the goal of updating and futureproofing our province-wide ability to respond to crises.

Anticipate electric transportation by ensuring charging stations are widely available.

Encourage the retrofitting of homes and businesses.

Provide energy-efficiency rebates on rental renovations.

Support investments in renewable energy and next-generation clean energy and technology solutions, including working with the federal government and other provinces to leverage innovations and research in carbon capture.

Ensure a comprehensive greenhouse gas strategy that reduces emissions while enabling our world-leading sustainable resource development and Indigenous land use.

Improve the provincial building code to maximize energy-efficiency, but in a way that respects communities’ unique geography, and avoids imposing one-size- fits-all costs.

Implement wetland protection, and expansion where feasible, to ensure no net loss of wetlands.

Appoint a Minister responsible for Fisheries and Coastlines.

Work to ensure that our carbon tax system for job-creating export industries does not increase global greenhouse gas emissions by driving investment to higher-emitting jurisdictions.

Expedited approach to certify mass timber products for structural construction.

Support development of mass timber structural products.

Commitment to carbon neutrality by 2045, matching California.

Set sectoral targets to ensure industry is contributing their fair share to emissions reductions.

Set an interim target for 2025 to make sure the government is on track to 2030.

Develop comprehensive plans to meet the 2030 and 2045 targets.

Move the fish and wildlife branch from FLNRO and the Ministry of Environment with expanded funding.

 Establish a wetland management strategy.

Conducting comprehensive watershed planning in conjunction with First Nations, communities, government agencies,  stewardship organizations and industry and, including watersheds as part of a landscape-level ecosystem-based management approach to development.

Implementing the Water Sustainability Act to secure the environmental flows needed to sustain healthy and functioning rivers, lakes and watersheds.

Investigate opportunities to diverse milling and secondary manufacturing to better use existing timber.

 Enhance the ZEV mandate:

  • Accelerate the ZEV mandate to require 100% ZEV non-commercial vehicle sales by 2035;
  • Work with industry to develop additional innovation incentive programs;
  • Work with industry to develop additional innovation incentive programs and set new ZEV targets for commercial vehicles and on and off-road medium and heavy duty vehicles.

 Undertake a comprehensive build out of public charging infrastructure on all highways in the province.

Support electric vehicle charging in multi-unit buildings through a variety of tools, including building code changes and establishing “right to charge” rules to facilitate access to home charging infrastructure for British Columbians living in multi-family buildings.

 Require offices and commercial premises to provide secure bike parking with charging capabilities.

Promote neighbourhood car co-ops with insurance instruments and parking areas.

Enact Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)-enabling legislation.

As part of this jobs plan, we will work with industry partners to enhance the Clean BC Better Homes, Better Buildings program, including by:

  • Increasing the short-term incentives offered to stimulate retrofits;
  • Accelerating the requirements of the building code and efficiency requirements of equipment to drive long-term action and strengthen the business case for retrofits;
  • Partner with colleges, technical institutes and private organizations to develop training programs to expand employment in the green retrofit space.

Provide $100 million over 4 years to fund climate adaptation initiatives in our communities, including the development of a coordinated approach with First Nations and other levels of government to disaster risk reduction.

 

 

 

LABOUR

BC NDP BC LIBERAL  BC GREEN 
Promote industrial and manufacturing in resource communities though a number of measures including offering training, which could assist with tall timber prefabrication.

Develop employment standards targeted to precarious and gig economy workers.

Create a government-backed collective benefit fund for independent contractors, the self-employed, and part-time workers – and expand access to a voluntary pooled-capital pension plan for workers who do not otherwise have coverage.

Attaching Community Benefits Agreement (CBAs) to projects launched through the Recovery Investment Fund.

Address skilled worker shortage through training programs, apprenticeships and support for re-certification for new immigrants.

Restore the compulsory trades system and give more workers access to apprenticeships that develop their skills.

Ensure every worker has the right to join a union and bargain for fair working conditions.

Eliminate policies that disqualify non-unionized contractors from public procurement and ensure the process is fair and open.

Address skilled worker shortage throughout BC through streamlining apprenticeship registration/credentials and expanding secondary school trades training.

 

In consultation with business, labour and other stakeholders, explore options for reduced work weeks and or flexible work hours. For example, encouraging employers to adopt a 4-day work week, or reduced hours for a standard work week while maintaining full-time status to maintain benefits, or modified work week arrangements.

Establish a task force to advise on modernizing employment standards. The terms of reference will include considering profit-sharing as a means to ensure businesses who are profitable are paying their workers a living wage.

Establish a permanent Fair Wages Commission to recommend consistent and predictable increases in the minimum wage.

 

 

CHILDCARE

BC NDP BC LIBERAL  BC GREEN 
Exceed the current target of 22,000 new childcare spaces by expanding the childcare capital program and modular strategy for childcare. When government builds a new school, housing complex or other projects the government will work to ensure childcare is included in their capital plans.

Partnering with the federal government, we will expand the number of $10-a-day childcare spaces while enhancing our other affordability measures. 

Implement a $1.1 billion plan to bring $10-a-day childcare to families with household incomes of up to $65,000, and $20 or $30-a-day care, based on household income up to $125,000.

Build an additional 10,000 new childcare spaces all across B.C.

 

Provide $100 million in new funding to create a new capital program in the Ministry of Education to fund renovation and additions to existing schools to support ECE spaces.

Through increases to childcare funding, expand available physical spaces, prioritizing partnerships with public schools, community non-profits, and First Nations.

Provide $300 million in new funding to begin the phase in of up to 25 hours free early childhood education programs per week for 3 and 4 year olds, rising to $550 million as capacity expands.

MISCELLANEOUS

BC NDP BC LIBERAL  BC GREEN 
A one-time $1,000 direct deposit to families whose household income is under $125,000 annually – with a sliding scale up to $175,000.

A one-time $500 direct deposit to single people earning less than $62,000 annually – with a sliding scale up to $87,000.

Recommitment to new Accessibility legislation.

Strengthen local communities’ ability to respond to crises, including new community safety fund, local governments can apply for funding to help them tackle street disorder, cleanliness, and public safety.  This would include strengthening their ability to respond to challenges posed to businesses and neighbourhoods by increased visible homelessness as a result of the pandemic.

Help BC restaurants and hospitality businesses through COVID-19 and beyond by making permanent several measures from the spring (patios, allowing restaurants sell beer).

Partner with Indigenous peoples through evolving shared decision making.

Increase funding for public safety by $58 million, to help fight crime and make sure police and prosecutors have the resources they need to make our communities safer.

Appoint a non-partisan panel to help dramatically reduce the red tape burden on small businesses, by reviewing regulatory requirements and costs, and providing recommendations.

Work to clearly define how the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) relates to land use decisions and existing case law regarding title held by Indigenous peoples and the right to self-determination.

Increase the supply of fully-accessible units for persons with disabilities in newly-built multi-unit residential buildings.

Modernize B.C. Building Code for accessibility.

Restrict and regulate foreign ownership of ALR land.

Work with the federal government to establish a repayable loan program for the hospitality sector and for tourism operators that exceed the criteria for the small tourism operator grant program.

Make the expanded patio program permanent, working with local governments and stakeholders to ensure that patio expansions are maintained in a safe and sustainable way. 

 

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