BC finance minister supports Vancouver vacant homes tax

Mike de Jong, the British Columbia finance minister, has announced that the legislature will consider whether to allow the City of Vancouver to impose a tax on vacant properties when it meets later this month.

The tax will require a change to the city’s charter but de Jong has given his backing to the measure which could be approved on July 25. The government is also expected to announce an earlier implementation of rules to tackle rogue realtors.

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