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Resident affordability continues to be a concern

Fewer people can afford cost of living in Whistler, according to monitoring report



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The Stu Archer Foundation also made a $10,000 grant to KidSport recently, a program that assists low income families in enrolling their children in sports, recreation and arts programs.

Recognizing that food and housing are the biggest expenses for Whistler employees, the WCSS is establishing a Food Buying Club where people can purchase bulk food to pick up. The program will likely be available for pick up once a month at the start, but additional pickups will be organized as it gains tractions.

Food will be sourced locally when possible, but the program will also look at things like miles traveled, packaging and nutritional value.

As well the WCSS is putting together a program where chartered accountants can volunteer to help low-income individuals and families file their taxes. The goal is to extend that to lawyers as well, providing free legal advice.

"Those are things we can do that are of no cost to us, other than some human resources time to organize them and link up the volunteers with clients," said McDonnell.

The Whistler 2020 task force on Resident Affordability, like other task forces, is always looking for new volunteers and ideas, as well as partnership opportunities in the community. More information is posted at under Taking Action.

The Whistler Community Services Society website is