Immigrants and Housing
Tenant and Landlord Guide for Newcomers to BC
The Tenant and Landlord Guide for Newcomers to British Columbia provides newcomers with basic information on their rights and responsibilities as tenants and landlords. TRAC currently offers this guide in English, French, Korean, Persian and Simplified Chinese. Click here to access the Guide.
Are the Laws for Tenants and Landlords Different in BC and China? What about India?
BC's tenant-landlord law differs in significant ways from tenant-landlord law in other countries. It is vital that newcomers understand and adapt to BC's Residential Tenancy Act when arriving here. These fact sheets highlight some of the more important legal differences between the law in BC and the law in some common immigrant countries.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) produces various resources, inclding a video, for newcomers to Canada: Click here to access these resources in English, French, Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Punjabi, Tagalog and Spanish. You can also see CMHC's 7 part guide on how to prepare for rental accommodation.
Studies about challenges facing new immigrants
Many studies have been written about the challenges facing immigrants in fulfilling their housing needs.
For more information see the following links: