School of Community and Regional Planning
Better housing policies needed in a post-COVID world
UBC report highlights gains but calls for longer-term solutions to improve housing supply
Nov 24, 2020
Experts call for more equitable housing policy post-COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages, it’s highlighting unique pressures on certain groups like Canada’s seniors, Indigenous communities, and people experiencing homelessness.
Apr 28, 2020
Port Alberni evacuation offers valuable lessons for coastal communities
Port Alberni, B.C., a small coastal community on Vancouver Island, evacuated its residents on Jan. 23, 2018, following a tsunami warning triggered by a massive earthquake off the coast of Alaska.
Mar 21, 2019
UBC experts on B.C. climate plan
The B.C. government is set to unveil a new climate plan today.
Dec 5, 2018
UBC experts on Alaska earthquake, tsunami warning
UBC experts are available to comment on the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Alaska today.
Nov 30, 2018
UBC experts on Vancouver housing strategy
The city of Vancouver has announced details of its housing strategy.
Nov 23, 2017
Road pricing most effective in reducing vehicle emissions
Motor vehicles are a major source of air pollution in urban areas, and for decades municipal and regional governments have used various traffic management strategies in an effort to reduce vehicle emissions, alongside advancements like cleaner fuel and greener cars.
Oct 5, 2017
Sharing extra spots could ease West End parking woes
Renting out unused residential parking could be the answer to chronic parking shortages in Vancouver’s West End, according to a new University of British Columbia study.
Mar 2, 2017
National strategy needed to ease homelessness, housing supply: UBC expert
Today, the federal government is releasing a report on the consultations it conducted this fall on the National Housing Strategy.
Nov 22, 2016
UBC experts on national housing report
The federal government is expected to release its housing report on Nov. 22, which is also National Housing Day. UBC experts are available to comment.
Nov 21, 2016
UBC study finds optimal walking and cycling speeds to reduce air pollution inhalation
Cyclists should be riding at speeds between 12 and 20 kilometres per hour, while pedestrians should be moving at two to six kilometres per hour to minimize their inhalation of air pollution while still getting the health benefits of exercise, according to new UBC research.
Oct 27, 2016
Bike trips up, car use down along Vancouver greenway
The two-kilometre Comox-Helmcken Greenway in downtown Vancouver cost more than $5 million and took two years to complete, but the time and expense were worth it, according to a UBC study.
Sep 13, 2016
Canada building less social housing despite risk of increased homelessness: UBC study
The first 20-year survey of public housing trends in North America, Europe and Asia has highlighted the decline in Canada’s public-housing investment.
May 21, 2015
Stronger tools needed to fix affordable housing “crisis”, say UBC researchers
A City of Vancouver incentive to developers is doing little to ease Vancouver’s affordable housing crunch, according to UBC researchers.
Dec 11, 2014
Bringing justice to housing costs
Two UBC experts suggest what is needed to start solving Vancouver’s housing crisis in advance of the Nov. 15 municipal elections.
Nov 4, 2014
Walkable neighbourhoods more desirable, produce better health outcomes
People who prefer to walk and who live in neighbourhoods that promote walking report healthier lifestyles and better health outcomes than those who want to walk but who live in more car-friendly neighbourhoods.
Sep 29, 2014
Survey reveals discrimination, instability in Vancouver housing market
A survey of Metro Vancouver residents shows that many have experienced discrimination and struggle with affordability, instability, and concerns about poor housing conditions.
Jun 18, 2014
Christmas in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan
As the holidays approach, UBC professor Leonora C. Angeles surveys the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Dec 18, 2013
UBC experts on Canada’s National Household Survey
UBC experts are available to comment on National Household Survey findings on labour, education and transportation, which Statistics Canada will release on Wednesday, June 26.
Jun 24, 2013
Student helps First Nations bring parenting values to life
Aftab Erfan was intrigued when she learned that a Vancouver Island First Nation band had approached UBC’s School of Community & Regional Planning (SCARP) for help drafting and implementing their community plan.
Apr 8, 2013