BC’s housing minister is pledging to create a new 24-7 shelter for people camping outside the Victoria Law Courts.
The tent city has been growing for the past few weeks, with campers saying they have nowhere else to go.
Because the property is provincial land, city bylaws don’t apply, and police can’t force the campers to move out each morning like they do in other parks.
Today housing minister Rich Coleman said shelter will be provided for anyone camping there who wants it.
Coleman says BC Housing, the City of Victoria and Island Health are working together to create a new 24-7 shelter, that would also provide meals.
They’re hoping to settle on a location this week and get the shelter, which will also have mental health and addictions services, up and running immediately.
Coleman said the province is hoping to avoid having to serve the campers with an injunction, forcing them to move.