The Metro Vancouver Regional Homelessness Task Force was struck in November 2016, in response to historic levels of homelessness throughout the region, and the urgent need for systemic improvements from all levels of government and the non-profit sector to manage this crisis.

The Task Force sought data from member municipalities to quantify the scope of the problem, including financial costs, best practices in mitigating homelessness, and practical reforms to reverse the trend.

Local governments play a critical role in responding to homeless populations in their municipalities by partnering in community programs, such as cold weather shelters, or supporting assisted housing and delivering affordable housing initiatives. Provincial and federal government ministries, non-profit organizations and the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health Authorities also have critical roles to play in addressing homelessness. 

Metro Vancouver is calling on the B.C. government to take immediate action, with three distinct goals: 

  • To prevent pathways into homelessness
  • To serve those who are currently homeless
  • To create pathways out of homelessness