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Housing Vancouver strategy: Three-year action plan

Prioritizing housing for Vancouver residents, addressing the impact of speculation on land prices, and protecting and supporting our renters and most vulnerable residents.

With over 120 actions, the three-year action plan directs how we will move forward to make housing more livable and affordable for our residents.

Some of these actions will take time, while some can be implemented right away. Overall, our goal is to ensure that housing in Vancouver supports residents of all incomes now and into the future.

We’ve taken significant action in recent years to address the affordability crisis, but we need to do more.

Background and documents

Read the full Housing Vancouver strategy  (2.5 MB) and the reports and research that informed it.

Background and documents

Our top priorities

Over the next three years we will prioritize actions and policy to focus on these four top priorities.

We believe it’s where we can see the most impact to create real change in Vancouver.

We will:

  • Launch new planning policy to evaluate and stabilize land values
  • Request authority to use rental only zones in certain areas of the city to prioritize new rental housing
  • Implement Canada’s first Empty Homes Tax
  • Implement short-term rental regulations

We will continue to work with the provincial and federal governments on the broader tax and financial regulatory environment for housing to help stabilize land values for a more balanced and equitable real estate market. This includes exploring several possible actions such as:

  • A speculation and flipping tax
  • Increases in provincial Property Transfer Tax on luxury properties
  • Restricting property ownership by non-permanent residents

To support renters to access housing they need and can afford we will:

  • Encourage development of new rental homes along transit corridors and new transit stations
  • Implement the Moderate Income Rental Housing Pilot Program
  • Support diverse ways of living such as collective housing
  • Launch a Social Purpose Real Estate Incentive Program
  • Strengthen our Tenant Relocation and Protection Policy
  • Accelerate replacement of SROs with self-contained social housing
  • Work with senior government to initiate a $200 million SRO Revitalization Fund
  • Request funding to build 1,200 units of temporary modular supportive housing
  • Partner in the development of a 10-year Indigenous Housing Strategy
  • Develop a new Affordable Housing Delivery and Financial Plan

We will:

  • Increase housing variety and affordability through new community planning programs
  • Deploy a tactical response team to review City policies and zoning changes to build new types of housing on single lots; including duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes with multiple suites
  • Review city-wide regulations to implement zoning changes starting in 2018
  • Launch a laneway infill design competition
  • Investigate regulatory changes and further incentives for diverse new developments

We will:

  • Complete a review of City regulations to simplify processes
  • Onboard new staff to reduce processing times and improve services
  • Amend our approach to Community Amenity Contributions on new 100% rental buildings
  • Expedite approvals for rental housing
  • Implement the Social Housing or Rental Tenure program to reduce processing times for 20 affordable housing projects

When can we expect to see action?

We have been working hard to address the housing crisis. In some areas change will come soon. However, other actions may take some time to see an impact, but overall, you can expect a significant shift in our approach to housing in Vancouver.

Already underway   

Next six months   

  • Moderate Income Rental Housing Pilot Program
  • Renter protection manager hired
  • Social Purpose Real Estate Incentive Program
  • Affordable housing delivery and financial strategy to Council
  • Launch tactical response team to introduce new housing options in low density neighbourhoods
  • Community amenity contribution policy amendments for rental housing
  • Bylaw amendment for collective housing
  • Design competitions - Laneway Housing Review and Innovation Challenge
  • Moving Rate of Change trigger from six to three to increase protection for rental housing

Next three years

  • Planning for the Broadway Corridor and other station areas to focus affordable housing around transit infrastructure investments
  • New neighbourhood centre planning programs to advance the transformation of low-density neighbourhoods
  • Increased rental protections through rate of change review and enhanced tenant relocation and protection policies
  • Partner in the development of a 10-year regional Indigenous housing strategy
  • Launch SRO Revitalization Fund

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Have questions?

City staff are in the process of staffing key teams and launching major policy initiatives to be underway in 2018.

Site-specific enquiries will be accepted as major initiatives are announced.

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