A failed mayoral candidate in Surrey says the number of unlicenced recovery homes in the city has reached crisis levels.
Vikram Bajwa says there are about 200 recovery homes in the city with about half of that number unlicenced.
It’s not a new problem, as CKNW reported on the same issue in 2014.
He also says bylaws and zoning that govern the homes are weak.
“The city doesn’t have the zoning issue resolved and the bylaws on paper for recovery homes, this is going to be an ongoing issue, and as we all know, these guys are increasing in numbers who need your help.”
Bajwa would like to see the old city hall building at Highway 10 and the King George turned into a supervised recovery house with services all under one roof.
Meanwhile, the City of Surrey says while they can;t confirm the number of illegal recovery hmes are operating in the city, there are currently 49 regulated recovery homes operating.
In 2014, 103 unregulated recovery houses shut down and there are currently another 62 under investigation.