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City launches multi-lingual public consultation on proposed Empty Homes Tax

September 29 2016 We want your feedback on the proposed Empty Homes Tax

What do you think about a tax on empty homes?


To gain public feedback on the proposed Empty Homes Tax, we have launched an online survey and will host a series of open houses throughout October.

We're looking for all Vancouver residents and homeowners to provide comment on the proposed new tax, specifically seeking to learn more about the reasons a home may be left empty to determine possible exemptions. We are also exploring the public’s opinion on what an appropriate tax rate would be to encourage owners of empty properties to rent them out.

All Vancouver homeowners will receive a letter with information about the tax and public consultation opportunities within the next week. 


Get involved and have your say

Complete the online survey

Feedback on the Empty Homes Tax, possible exemptions, and tax rate can be provided in English, Chinese and Punjabi until October 18, 2016. 

Take the survey

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Open houses

Residents looking to learn more about the proposed tax are welcome to attend an open house. Multi-lingual staff will be available to speak with residents about the details of the tax.

Saturday Oct. 15, 10am - 2pm
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, Main Promenade
350 West Georgia Street

Monday Oct. 17, 4pm - 8pm
Oakridge Auditorium at Oakridge Mall
650 West 41st Avenue


Next steps for the Empty Homes Tax

A final decision by City Council on the empty homes tax rate and exemptions will be made in November 2016.

Feedback through public consultation will help inform the recommendations brought to City Council about the implementation of the tax.

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