Create supportive housing for seniors

Supportive and assisted housing is housing for seniors that provides additional "hospitality services," such as:

  • Meals
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Emergency response. 

It may also provide "personal services," which include things like:

  • Assistance with bathing
  • Mobility assistance
  • Medication monitoring 

The City allows supportive and assisted housing for seniors in virtually all zoning districts, including Gastown, Chinatown, and the Downtown Eastside.

How to start a housing project for seniors

If you are interested in starting a supportive or assisted housing project for seniors, City planners can help.

First, read the “Seniors Supportive and Assisted Housing Design Guidelines” (below), then contact the Housing Centre for further information.

Housing Vancouver strategy

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

Get help from City staff to start a seniors supportive housing project

City staff help plan seniors supportive or assisted living projects throughout Vancouver.

If you are interested in starting your own project, and would like advice or assistance, get in touch to learn more about the process, and have your questions answered.


Visit or write:

Social Infrastructure Division
Social Development Department
#501-111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1H4

Looking for supportive housing for seniors?


If you are a senior who needs help finding a home - or you are helping a senior find housing - the Seniors Services Society can help.

They have a complete online Seniors Housing Directory you can use to find supportive and assisted buildings throughout BC.

Check the directory