Tofino, B.C. in search of seasonal accommodation solutions

British Columbia has its fair share of real estate problems largely due to the overheated market in Vancouver, but the relatively placid community of Tofino is also no stranger to the mad rush for housing space at certain months of the year.
 
Each summer, a majority of Tofino’s homes serve double-duty as rental spaces to accommodate tourists raring to partake in the district’s vibrant surfing scene—a development that leaves seasonal workers desperately searching for places to stay in the meantime, as reported by Megan Dolski for The Globe and Mail.
 
The local government said that an effective long-term solution for the issue, which has forced some families to temporarily move into trailer homes in empty lots, is still in the works.
 
“I don’t think that is an acceptable way for people to live – in a unit that is designed for temporary accommodation,” Mayor Josie Osborne said. “Tofino council is really struggling, along with the local business community, to deal with the lack of seasonal staff accommodation.”
 
“We know that the federal and provincial government need to be partners in this. Without that, there is no way a municipality can do this on its own,” Osborne added.
 
BC Housing noted that the province has committed $355-million for the construction of 2,000 low-cost rental units, and said that it is open to suggestions and proposals regarding social housing development from Tofino and other municipalities.

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