The Village of Queen Charlotte is facing a housing crunch, despite a declining population.
Mayor Greg Martin says there is almost no vacancy, but a recent housing report found short-term vacation rentals on the website Airbnb rose to 39 in March from 29 in December for the Haida Gwaii community of about 500 private dwellings.
Council proposed limiting short-term rentals to properties where either an owner or long-term tenant also lived, but residents rejected the idea at a recent hearing.
They said vacation rentals provide reliable income, put homes that are owned by non-Island residents to good use and are the wrong target for tackling the housing crisis.
Martin says council is considering other solutions, including building roads to open access to more properties, and approving a fourplex downtown.
He says the village is also looking forward to a 19-unit modular housing project promised by the provincial government.
(The Canadian Press)