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Alliance of BC Students is calling on the provincial government to support post-secondary institutions in building more on-campus residences. The organization released a white paper outlining two recommendations. The first of which is that government should enable post-secondary institutions to take on debt to build additional student housing.
“If you can borrow the money to build the residence, and the rents from the students … pay for all the supports that are needed and cover the cost of borrowing, why wouldn’t the government allow the universities and colleges to do this?” said BC NDP housing critic David Eby.
The second is a request for an $180 million investment in the construction of new residence buildings. The recommendations come at time when students are scrambling for affordable housing. The hope is that these measures introduce some stability for future students who encounter the same difficulties.
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