Home builders association host mayoral candidate debate on housing affordability

Debating affordability

Three of Kelowna's mayoral hopefuls will discuss issues around housing affordability ahead of next month's municipal election.

The discussion, set for Thursday, Oct. 13, just two days before voters go to the polls on general voting day, is being facilitated by the Canadian Home Builders' Association - Central Okanagan.

Incumbent Mayor Colin Basran, along with challengers Tom Dyas and David Habib have agreed to participate.

Castanet will stream the two hour forum live beginning at 8 a.m. The event will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton across from the airport.

"These elections are particularly important. Local politicians not only tax new housing tens of thousands of dollars before shovel hits the ground, but also set growth boundaries that have a direct impact on land prices," said CHBA-CO president Darren Witt.

"The ripple effect is massive."

"Our trades talent can no longer afford to live here, which will make housing even more expensive for everyone, and it will take more time to build a home."

The CHBA-CO is also launching an education and awareness campaign concerning housing affordability, and how elected officials can have an impact.

The goal, the association says, is to ensure residents are aware of how local politicians can impact the cost of housing in their region.

"The CHBA-CO urges all residents to do their research, get engaged, and vote for candidates that support progressive housing policies in their communities," added association executive officer Daniel Winer.

"If we don't use our right to vote, housing will grow further out of reach for the average citizen."

Click here to learn about the issues surrounding housing affordability, and here to learn more about the mayoral forum.

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