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UNBC releases study on housing in Northern BC

The Community Development Institute at the University of Northern British Columbia has released a study on housing in Northern British Columbia.

The study examined 10 communities including Terrace, Kitimat, Smithers, Quesnel, and Williams Lake.

Author of the study, Marleen Morris says the key findings is an increase in the amount of seniors and limited options for housing.

Morris says a lot of the housing doesn’t meet the need for seniors looking for a place easy to maintain and smaller sized families compared to previous generations.

She says it’s important for communities to acknowledge the changing needs so residents are willing to stay or move to the north.

Morris says the age of the houses in Terrace stood out where over 65% of the housing is at least 35-years-old while a small amount of housing was built in the last 15 years.

Morris says the goal of the study is to shed light on changing demands for housing and ensure the supply is there and will be affordable..

A full breakdown of the study can be found here.

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