Canadians Concerned about Airbnb’s Impact on Their Communities
On October 2nd, the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) released new research highlighting that Canadians from coast to coast have serious reservations about the impact of short-term rentals, like Airbnb, on their communities.
“Canadians clearly disagree with the notion that Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms help create vibrant communities,” said Alana Baker, HAC’s Director of Government Relations. “In fact, only 1% think that platforms like Airbnb have a positive impact on the quality of life in their communities. One in two Canadians would personally feel less safe if short-term rentals were located in their neighbourhood.”
Overall, more than 60% of Canadians are concerned or somewhat concerned about a neighbouring home being regularly rented out through an online short-term rental platform like Airbnb. This concern is shared across the country, with the highest levels coming from respondents in Ontario (69%) and British Columbia (65%). This is driven primarily by the perceived unfavourable impacts on neighbourhood quality of life and on personal safety. Interestingly, these concerns were shared across age groups, including among millennials. Fifty percent of respondents aged 18-34 personally would feel less safe with short-term rentals in their neighbourhood.