Dozens of Students are heading to Victoria Tuesday to protest outside B.C. legislature.
The reason? A demand for more student housing.
“We will be setting up dozens of boxes on the legislature lawn, boxes that look like student housing. We are going to use that setting to drive home our message.”
Alex McGowan is with Alliance of British Columbia Students, and says that post-secondary institutions across the lower mainland are at standstill.
“I’m hearing from institutions like Camosun, Douglas College, KPU, Capilano College, Langara, BCIT, Thompson Rivers, they are also saying they want to build housing, they would if they could, but right now they are restricted from doing so.”
The group is calling on the province to allow universities to apply to take on debt to build student housing.
“It’s a really simple matter of the provincial government getting out of the way and letting it happen. Although we are recognizing since there hasn’t been any student housing in the last 10 years that we are in a crisis here.”
The protest coincides with the week-long Union of B.C. Municipalities convention. McGowan says he hopes those taking part will take notice.
While UBC has a plan to make space for 12,000 new beds by 2020, McGowan says through research, no other post-secondary institution in B.C. has built housing in the last 10 years.
The demonstration will start at 1 p.m. on the lawn outside legislature.