Resource boom towns are notoriously costly places to hang your hat, especially when it comes to housing.
Kitimat, B.C., is just such a town. Workers are flooding in to help with Rio Tinto's massive aluminium smelter upgrade, while others are expected to work on planned liquified natural-gas facilities and the export terminal for the contentious Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline.
Rental vacancy rates have plummeted while rents have soared, according to District of Kitimat statistics. Anti-poverty activists are complaining landlords are conducting "renovictions" on their properties so they can jack up rents for the well-paid newcomers, CBC News reported last week.
But Rio Tinto Alcan has found a novel way to skirt the problem for hundreds coming in to work on its $2.7-billion smelter project. The international mineral giant is bringing in a cruise ship that can house up to 600 workers.
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