One of the constructive outcome of the “Supply Myth” discussion was the spotlight it shone on secondary suites. While we have already touched on this topic, it is wroth to fully flesh this out. With the perpetual empty home discussion in Vancouver one would have thought that the numbers by structural type of dwelling would have percolated through to the empty home hive mind. According to the 2011 census, which structural type of dwelling had the highest rate of unoccupied dwelling units in Metro Vancouver?
Smarter people than I have already responded to the recent furor about John Rose’s working paper, which is (part of?) the result of one year of research on affordability by the author, arguing that Vancouver has no supply problem. Most notably Nathan Lauster in a series of blog posts taking a look at the theoretical framework and methods used and running some numbers himself. I don’t have much to add to the first post, which took the time to highlight some of the useful demand measures that are either already implemented or currently under discussion and makes the point that the idea that we have enough housing in Vancouver, especially enough rental housing, requires an extraordinarily strong argument in the face of sub 1% rental vacancy rates.
Recently there has been a lot of talk about households, and how they match up with dwelling units. So it’s probably a good idea to take a closer look at what a household is. Apart from better understanding what a household is, I want to also dig deeper into how people live in households. Part of my motivation is to start to understand latent demand in our housing market, some of which may come from suppressed household formation.
The last larger dump of census data arrived today with lots of interesting variables. We wanted to have a quick look at commuting data. Journey to Work Journey to work data tells us about where people work relative to where they live. We first look at what proportion of the population of Metro Vancouver municipalities lives in the same community that they work in. On CensusMapper we have an interactive Canada-wide map for that.
Not sure how long this has been live, but this morning fellow cancensus developer Dmitry flagged a new StatCan feature. Interactive thematic web maps. Essentially it enables users to choose from the a selection of 2016 census variables and map them. You can zoom and pan around, and select the aggregation levels to display the data at down to census tracts. And there is a option to download single variables as CSV.