Social- and market rental housing

Social- and market rental housing

Rental homes and apartment buildings in the West End

Finding affordable rental housing in Vancouver can be a challenge for residents of all income brackets.

For lower-income tenants, it's particularly difficult.

That is why Council is actively working to protect the City's existing supply of affordable rental housing, while adding an additional 5,000 units of non-market or social housing.

At the same time, Council plans to enable an additional 11,000 new market rental housing units to the City's stock, as well as help more renters become home owners, by enabling the building of 20,000 new market ownership units.

The goal is to make sure every resident has a safe, affordable home.

Tenant resources for social rental housing

Find social and co-op housing

Subsidized housing is available for people who cannot afford to pay market rents. Find subsidized housing facilities in Vancouver, and apply to live there.

Apply for social and co-op housing

If you are a low wage earner, you may be entitled to a subsidized or co-op apartment. Learn if you qualify, and find out how to apply.

Tenant resources for market rental housing

Find market rate rental housing

Use these popular online resources to find a room, apartment, or house to rent in Vancouver.

City-owned market rental housing

Rental properties are posted on the City of Vancouver's website as they become available. Note that the City does not maintain a waiting list.

Rental disputes and evictions

Get help and legal advice for disputes with your landlord in the Greater Vancouver area, from the Residential Tenancy Branch.

Developer resources for social housing projects

Guidelines for developing social housing projects (728.62 KB)

The Housing Design and Technical Guidelines Version 9.6 help housing partners develop social housing. They outline our minimum affordability and livability requirements for housing. The guidelines intend to balance immediate energy and space efficiencies, and to ensure a building's durability and resilience over its lifespan.

How the City expands and maintains the rental stock

Creating new market rental housing

Vancouver City Council has innovative programs that help increase the availability of market rental housing, including the Secured Market Rental Housing Policy, the Short Term Incentives for Rental Housing (STIR) program, and more.

Protecting single room accommodations

Vancouver has a bylaw that protects the number of accommodations available in the City's single occupancy hotels.

Kingsway Continental non-market housing

The City purchased the former Ramada Inn hotel at 3484 Kingsway and will convert the building into non-market housing.

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Last modified: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:24:15

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