Below are some helpful resources and information pertaining to pets, rental housing, and your rights in BC and Canada

Government Links

Ministry of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing (I know, right?)

BC Housing (BC Crown Corporation overseeing affordable, safe housing for all – it reports to the Gas Minister above)

Residential Tenancy Branch (carries out the mandate of the RTA, resolves tenant-landlord disputes)

BC Human Rights Tribunal (for when you’re discriminated against, under any of the protected categories)

Legislation in British Columbia

Tenant Advocacy and Related Non Profit Organizations

Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre (TRAC) (advocates for tenants in BC by providing information, education, support and research on residential tenancy matters)

Disability Alliance of BC (champions issues affecting people with disabilities in BC, including advocacy for support animals, and housing)

BC Non-Profit Housing Association (umbrella organization advocating for the non-profit housing sector in BC)

Animal Advocacy Organizations

Animal Protection Party of Canada

Liberation BC

Vancouver Humane Society

Animal Shelters and Rescue Organizations


Small Animal Rescue Society of BC (SARS)

Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA)

Tools and Resources

BC SPCA’s Toolkits for renters, property owners, and strata councils.

Companion Animal Renters Study: The Market for Rental Housing for People with Pets‘. Firepaw, Inc (2004).

Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS): Animal Shelter Statistics.

In the Press

Pets OK BC argue that current legislation is discrimination‘. Victoria Animal News, February 18, 2017.

Petition calls for end to ‘no pets’ policies in rental housing‘. CBC News, February 15, 2017.

Do Vancouver landlords discriminate against pet owners?‘. Vancity Buzz, April 4, 2016.

No Pet City: How Vancouver became Canada’s least pet-friendly city‘. Vancouver Magazine, March 14, 2016.

Vancouver considers making it illegal for landlords to ban pets‘. Global News, June 5, 2013.