According to the Canadian government's definition of "Core Housing Need", about 1/5th of Vancouver households qualify. Writer Matt Chambers looks to nearby Whistler for some lessons in creating more affordable housing. Whistler has been tackling this question for about a decade:
"...Whistler established a local housing authority and laid out an aggressive plan to house 75% of its workers inside the municipality by 2020. The Whistler Housing Authority was tasked with creating and managing a parallel housing market restricted to residents only, and with overseeing the ingenious program designed to deliver much of it below market rates. 2020 is still a long way out, but so far the program has been a rousing success."