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Housing

We’re forming a new strategy to create the homes Vancouver residents need and can afford.

Vancouver is a vibrant city full of diverse, connected communities. Today, however, our neighborhoods are at risk.

As housing in Vancouver is increasingly unaffordable for our residents, we are taking bold strides forward with new initiatives to serve the needs of our residents – now and into the future.

We are dedicated to ensuring every person who wants to call Vancouver home has access to the housing they need.

Housing Vancouver Strategy

Housing Vancouver will be our new 10-year strategy to improve housing affordability by creating the right types of homes to meet the needs of the people who live and work in Vancouver. 

We'll enable 72,000 new homes in Vancouver over the next 10 years. These homes will enable the right type of homes that will match the incomes and needs of Vancouver residents.

Since over half of Vancouver’s population rents, we'll work to expand and secure more rental housing options, including new rentals that are more affordable. We'll take new actions to address homelessness and the needs of lower-income residents. To make this happen, we’ll need to seek out creative partnerships with other levels of government, non-profits, and private stakeholders.

Housing Vancouver Strategy

Our new 10-year strategy will address housing affordability and the supply of 72,000 homes that our residents need.

News about housing

Empty Homes Tax declaration instructions are in the mail to Vancouver homeowners

November 7 2017 - If you are a Vancouver residential property owner you can expect to receive instructions on how to make your Empty Homes Tax declaration in the mail. The notifications are being mailed in a phased approach throughout the month of November.

Rendering of 650 West 57th Ave

Temporary modular housing for the homeless to be built at Cambie and West 57th Ave

October 26 2017 - The City of Vancouver and BC government announced the first two temporary modular housing buildings that are part of a plan to address the immediate housing needs for homeless residents in Vancouver.

Apartments in the Vancouver's West End

Celebrate opening of Vancouver’s first land trust building

October 22 2017 - This morning we marked the opening of The BRice, Vancouver’s first-ever land trust, bringing 48 new protected affordable one-bedroom rental homes.

Apartments in the Vancouver's West End

Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency adds 145 units of social housing in Mount Pleasant

October 18 2017 - The rezoning of the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency site at 2221 Main St was approved by Vancouver City Council Tuesday evening.

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Find out about public events, news, and activities that will help shape the Housing Vancouver Strategy.

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Housing programs and resources

Temporary Modular Housing

With VAHA and the BC government, we're building temporary modular housing on vacant and underused sites for homeless residents.

Find rental properties with health or safety issues

Look up residential rental buildings in Vancouver with health, safety, maintenance, tidiness, and other issues. The database lists buildings with issues that are unresolved or were resolved in the last 12 months.

Homelessness and low-income resources

Find shelters, financial aid, low-cost meals and recreation, and community centres that serve low-income residents.

Social- and market rental housing

Resources for tenants and developers of social housing, co-op housing, and market rental housing.

Supportive housing

Learn about supportive housing to help people who are homeless or at-risk to lead stable, independent, and connected lives.

Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency

Uses City- and partner-owned land for new housing projects with more types of home options and greater affordability than the private market.

Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability

The Task Force recommended bold and practical ways to improve housing affordability for low- to moderate-income households.

Related policies

Housing options for families

The Housing Mix Policy for Rezoning Projects is another step towards increasing the supply of family homes.

Rental standards database

About our initiative to create an online database of rental buildings and their compliance with health and safety bylaws.

Winter Response Strategy

The City is working with the Province to provide cold-weather shelter, and connect homeless people to community resources.

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