Housing Summit to Address Vancouver’s Affordability and Supply Issues

Solutions to be sought at re:address week of events October 24-29, ranging from free public forums to publicly inaccessible summits involving 500 experts

— Updated: March 28, 2017
October 19, 2016

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A week of events is being hosted by the City of Vancouver next week, from October 24 to 29, designed to find solutions to the city’s housing issues – and the public is invited to share their opinions – on some of them.

A number of the events are free forums that are open to the public, and only require pre-registration via the event website

However, two day-long summits and two half-day summits– described as “Partner Events” – are also being held, and those are only open to members of the public who are prepared to stump up the fee for a ticket. Prices are not advertised on the website, nor is there a link to buy tickets, but a Metro story October 18 reported that tickets for the main housing summit on Thursday October 27 were $370 each. 

The “partner events” include conference-style summits, presentations, a mayors’ round-table discussion and panel discussions, involving some 500 housing experts from across the globe, at the City’s invitation.

The full schedule PDF is published in “Related” above.

The public events include:

  • Monday, Oct. 24: Right to Adequate Housing, Creekside Community Centre, 7-9pm, free
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: Renters, Real Estate and Economic Resiliency in Vancouver, UBC Robson Square, 2-4pm, free
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: Millennial Activate, Vancity Theatre, 7.30-9.30pm, free
  • Thursday, Oct. 27: The Sublime and Ridiculous, Vancouver Convention Centre, 7-9pm, $20
  • Saturday, Oct. 29: Innovative Housing Design & Construction: Part 1: The “Hows & Whys” of Modular Housing, 10.30am-12.30pm, Part 2: The Future Of Affordable, Sustainable Design,1-3pm, Museum of Vancouver, both free

For more information and to register for public events, go to

Update: Tickets can be found for the full-day summit on October 27 ($370) and other "partner events" here.

When alerted to this article via Twitter, the City of Vancouver replied that anyone interested in attending the summit should "DM" (direct message) the @CityofVancouver account on Twitter. 

Joannah Connolly has been editor and content manager of since May 2014. Joannah has appeared on major local TV outlets as a real estate commentator, and has moderated and spoken on several industry panels. She also hosts the Real Estate Therapist radio show on Roundhouse Radio 98.3FM, discussing the housing market with expert guests and dispensing personalized advice to listeners. A dual Canadian-British citizen, Joannah has 20 years of journalism experience in Vancouver and London, with a prior background in construction, architecture and business media.
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