Unceded and Occupied Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territories
Stop Demovictions Burnaby was a grassroots community organizing project to stop evictions and mass displacement in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Metrotown. The campaign, organized by Red Braid alongside low-income renters facing demoviction, held marches, rallies, and monthly townhall meetings, and published a newsletter called We Won’t Go.
Stop Demovictions Burnaby formed in response to the Metrotown Downtown Plan, which Burnaby City Council passed in July 2017. The plan increased allowable building heights throughout the residential Metrotown community, enabling developers to build luxury high rise condo towers in the place of thousands of existing affordable, low-rise apartments. By the time the redevelopment is done, more than 6,000 people will have been displaced from their home community, unless we fight back to stop evictions
In 2020, Stop Demovictions Burnaby developed into the cross-regional Eviction Defence Network to fight the eviction crisis across the Lower Mainland.
Updates and Events
Stop Demovictions will not only hold Mayor Hurley accountable to his campaign promises; we will challenge him to go beyond a moratorium as we continue organizing in the streets to defend Metrotown as a working class and Indigenous neighbourhood.
Spend the surplus! Metrotown residents challenge candidates to do “more than a moratorium” and use the budgetary surplus for non-market housing
Stop Demovictions Burnaby and Metrotown tenants facing demoviction challenge Mayoral candidate Mike Hurley and the Green Party to adopt our vision of “more than a moratorium!” and implement policies to preserve the working class and tenant-majority character of Metrotown.
Stop Demovictions Burnaby Townhall: Development without Displacement Wednesday Sept 12th 6:30 - 8:30 PM Third Floor Burnaby Neighbourhood House [...]
Stop Demovictions Burnaby is publishing a monthly newsletter featuring articles, poems, and other pieces related to the colonial and [...]
Join your neighbours in the struggle against the root cause of the demovictions crisis in Metrotown: colonialism and capitalism. [...]
On Saturday, June 30th, over 150 residents were evicted from the 62 units of housing at 6525, 6559 and [...]