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Communities need people and people need homes.

The lack of affordable housing in Vancouver has put our city at risk. We want people to stay, live, and build a future in our city.

To meet the needs of our growing population and ensure our city remains vibrant and diverse, it’s important that we have an affordable and varied supply of housing.

Planning Vancouver Together to 2050 and beyond

We’ve launched the process to develop the Vancouver (City-wide) Plan that will guide our city to 2050 and beyond.

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Housing Vancouver strategy

Housing Vancouver is our new 10-year housing strategy to reduce Vancouver’s housing affordability gap and to provide a strong foundation for the future of Vancouver.

Our new housing strategy is ambitious, and will see many changes across the city to ensure our city can continue to grow its diverse communities.

Housing Vancouver strategy

Learn how our 10-year strategy provides a strong foundation for the future in Vancouver.

To help address Vancouver’s housing crisis, we have implemented three key initiatives.

Empty Homes Tax

The tax has been implemented on empty or under-utilized residential properties.

Short-term rentals

The program allows owners and renters to rent their principal residence for stays under 30 days.

Temporary modular housing

Places homeless residents directly into housing with the right supports.

News about housing

Almost $40 million in Empty Homes Tax revenue collected to date is funding affordable housing initiatives

November 20 2019 - Since the Empty Homes Tax was launched, the program has created $39.7 million in net revenue to fund affordable housing.

Q3 Housing Vancouver update shows need for stronger focus on rental units

November 7 2019 - Through the first three quarters of 2019, housing targets in several areas are on track to meet the City’s 10-year goals.

Homeless Count results show a slowing in the growth of homelessness in Vancouver over the last two years

June 12 2019 - ​The preliminary results from the City of Vancouver Homeless Count indicate a 2% increase in individuals experiencing homelessness.

City implements new measures to help renters better understand and pursue their rights

June 12 2019 - We're adding additional measures to improve support and advocacy for the needs of renters.

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Housing programs and resources


This program aims to see more affordable housing by reducing processing and approval times.

Making Room Housing Program

To meet the right supply targets, we are looking at new opportunities to add housing choice across the city.

Protecting renters

How renters are protected during rezoning and development and help for renters.

Homelessness services

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

Finding housing

Find resources for tenants and developers on housing in Vancouver.

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.

Women Deliver Legacy Project

There is significant unmet need for affordable housing geared towards women and their families with supportive services.

Related policies

Housing options for families

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

Winter Response Strategy and temporary shelters

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