In a city of more than three million people, some people live in tiny homes, some have access to electricity only by plugging in their lights or the occasional electric generator.
And the city has one of the highest suicide rates in Canada.
The Canadian Cancer Society is calling on all municipalities in the country to enact measures to limit the availability of light sources and rechargeable tactical flashlights, which are popular among young people in the city.
Some of the ideas outlined in the report include installing more protective lighting in schools, installing flashing lights on street corners, installing cameras in schools and banning the use of any kind of fluorescent lighting in the street.
The report also calls for banning the purchase of CFLs from Canadian companies.
The U.S. and other countries have also seen similar proposals in recent years.
In 2014, Ontario introduced a bill that would have banned the sale of any fluorescent bulbs in municipal buildings, although the province later backed down.
The bill was later blocked by the courts, but it remains on the books.
A similar proposal was put forward in the U.K. in March, but the U,S.
state of Massachusetts and the U of B, the University of British Columbia have since passed similar bills.
In the U and U.B., CFLs are already banned.
The report says the ban could be a catalyst for other cities to enact similar bans.
“The banning of light is a very important step forward and the ban is not only the right thing to do for us, it is also the right step forward for the city,” says Laura Trombetta, a spokesperson for the British Columbia Cancer Society.
For now, the city of Vancouver is moving forward with a similar plan.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement that he supports the initiative, and will take further steps if there is any public backlash.
He also said that the city is working with the city council and the provincial government to work out details for how the proposal would work.