Bill Cleverley

Province balks at condo Airbnb tax proposed by Victoria

The province’s new speculation and vacancy tax declaration could provide a pathway to taxing condos being used as Airbnbs as commercial operations, says Victoria Coun. Geoff Young. But it doesn’t...

Phase-out of MSP premiums likely to result in higher property taxes

Many British Columbians could be facing property tax increases to cover the province’s shift away from Medical Services Plan premiums. In Victoria, city staff say a 2% increase in property taxes —...

Former Victoria motel could become long-term rental housing

The former Traveller’s Inn on Douglas Street in Victoria could soon become the site of long-term rental housing. A proposal to formalize the use of the property as affordable market housing will go...

Strata prohibitions on rentals should be banned, says Victoria city councillor

The City of Victoria needs to ask the province to change legislation so rentals could not be prohibited by strata councils, according to Coun. Ben Isitt Under Isitt’s proposal, strata councils would...

Proposed Victoria foreign-buyer tax gets mixed reviews

Municipalities across Greater Victoria will have a chance to weigh in on whether a foreign-buyer tax should be introduced on residential real estate sales in the area. Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps had...

Governments mull tax on developers to fund transit

Local politicians are considering the possibility of a provincial transit-supporting levy on developers building high-density projects near transit corridors to offset transit costs. But a...

Victoria needs a new casino: city staff

Victoria city staff are recommending that council tell the British Columbia Lottery Corp. the city is open to... 

Victoria pot shops to avoid big licensing fees faced by Vancouver dispensaries

Marijuana dispensaries in Victoria will not have to pay a premium of tens of thousands of dollars for a business licence as their Vancouver counterparts do under proposals from city staff. 

Municipal overspending has taken thousands of dollars from each household in Canada: report

Victoria was the biggest offender in the country, according to the study