Metro Vancouver mayors call on province for cash, support for renters and landlords

Metro Vancouver mayors are asking the provincial government to cover lost revenues from community centre closures, to defer tax payments and to provide financial assistance to both renters and landlords.

A three-page letter signed by most of Metro Vancouver’s mayor details four requests from the municipal to Premier John Horgan and Municipal Affairs Minister Selina Robinson.

One the priorities from the mayors is support for all renters and landlords.

“Many individuals will lose income and be unable to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Evictions should be prohibited,” the letter reads.

“Rather, to ease the burden of paying rent, the province should augment federal government support to those in financial difficulty to help pay rent, particularly in Metro Vancouver where rental fees are high. Ensuring rent payments ensures that small landlords with mortgage helpers are able to maintain their homes.”

Horgan has promised no British Columbians will be evicted due to COVID-19. The provincial government is set to unveil supports for renters on Wednesday.

The mayors are calling for an expansion of the Provincial Property Tax Deferment Program to include all property owners, including residential, business and non-profit properties.

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