Vancouver’s scenic views, mild climate, and friendly citizens have helped it earn a reputation as one of the most livable cities in the world. However, the city’s long term health could be undermined by rising sea levels and earthquakes: models show that a 7.3 magnitude earthquake could damage or destroy hundreds of thousands of buildings and cost thousands of lives. Cascading emergencies would include flooding, water shortages, fires, hazmat incidents, and long-term power outages. The Insurance Bureau of Canada has modeled economic impacts of up to $75 billion, impacting the city for years.

A number of factors contribute to Vancouver’s growing challenge to provide affordable housing. City officials believe the construction of new replacement housing coupled with a focused rehabilitation and the implementation of an energy-efficient infrastructure program is needed to preserve aging rental units before a loss of affordable housing leads to even higher residential real estate prices.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Earthquake
  • Hazardous Materials Accident
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion

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