It’s the first Insights West poll measuring anger among British Columbians over the perceived lack of action among politicians to tackle Metro Vancouver’s housing crisis.
The poll finds three-in-four residents are dissatisfied with the actions taken by the provincial government to deal with soaring real estate prices.
It also found 80% of British Columbians think the province should levy a tax on absentee owners; people who buy homes in a city but don’t actually live in them.
Mario Canseco, the Vice President, Public Affairs, says the poll found all generations, ethnic groups, and income levels back an absentee tax.
The average price of a detached home in Greater Vancouver rose 37% from a year ago with the benchmark price of a detached home reaching $1.5 million.