The city of Burnaby ranks as one of the top three highest levels of seniors’ poverty in British Columbia. Richmond and Surrey surpass it in disparity, though the city draws unique attention when reflecting on the housing crisis.
Burnaby’s development is rapidly expanding.
At its heart, Metrotown hosts large multi-million dollar lots that experience constant construction, which lay cement foundations for high-rise condos.
However, before development those lots contained hundreds of affordable apartment units, including seniors’ homes.
As the area evolves into a stronger economic hub, those lots become attractive investments for contractors. Several apartment building owners sold their property and consequently evicted the tenants.
After developers complete construction, many of the former tenants can’t afford the more expensive units.