Over 40% of respondents have reported that they have been spending over 30% of gross income on housing since 2015, with the number rising to 43% in 2021. Those spending more than 40% held consistent at 25%, revealing that 1 in four of those surveyed in the annual Community Life Survey were in extreme core housing need.
Whistler has prioritized resident housing as an important strategy to remain a vibrant resort community and to maintain a strong local workforce. Housing costs are a significant factor in determining whether local employees choose to live in the community. The proportion of gross income spent on housing is a standard measure of housing affordability.
This indicator measures the proportion of residents spending more than 30% of their gross annual income on housing as found in the Community Life Survey. Housing costs include rent or mortgage payments, water, energy and taxes minus any rental income per year.
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