BC Residents Support Vacant Home Tax

Levy on absentee homeowners is a good idea, say 82 per cent of Vancouverites – with more Asian respondents than European in support

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The majority of British Columbians are unhappy with how the provincial government is dealing with housing issues, saying not enough is being done, reports Business in Vancouver.

Eighty three per cent of BC residents and 82 per cent of those in Metro Vancouver say a tax on absentee homeowners — those who buy homes in a city but don’t live in them — is a “good” or “very good” idea, according to the results of an Insights West poll released June 10.

Ethnicity did not play much of a role in how respondents answered; 79 per cent of those of European descent and 83 per cent of those of South Asian descent supported a tax.

To read the full Business in Vancouver story, click here.

To view Insights West's interactive chart breaking down the results of the poll, including by age, income, ethnicity and home ownership status, click here.