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In response to the housing crisis, we are resetting our Housing and Homelessness Strategy to better meet your needs

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.

Our new strategy will create the right types of homes to meet the needs of the people who live and work in Vancouver. 


Our new priorities

Housing Vancouver Strategy

Our new strategy will address housing affordability over the next 10 years. Learn more and get involved.

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Sign up for information on upcoming public events and activities that will help shape the new strategy to address affordable housing in Vancouver.

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News about housing

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Update on the Balmoral Hotel

July 20 2017 - After completing an inspection of the Balmoral Hotel on July 14 to assess the shoring and stabilization of the building, the City's Chief Building Official has deemed the building to be stabilized to the City's satisfaction.

Housing Vancouver 2026

Residents support City’s emerging directions for housing

July 19 2017 - You told us affordability is a top priority and our Housing Vancouver Strategy should prioritize housing based on what locals can afford.

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Vancouver takes steps towards legalizing short-term rentals

July 11 2017 - Short-term rentals could be allowed in principal residences for periods of less than 30 days at a time, if Council approves the proposed rules at a public hearing in fall 2017.

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City introduces regulations for short-term rentals

July 5 2017 - Vancouver City staff are proposing a new regulatory framework for short-term rentals - including Airbnb, Expedia and others - that will protect long-term rental housing supply while enabling supplemental income for local residents.


Housing programs and resources

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 Shelter Strategy

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

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