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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.

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

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City endorses Making Room program to increase housing choices in Vancouver

June 21 2018 - Council endorsed the launch of a new program called Making Room, which will transform low density neighbourhoods by adding housing choice to neighbourhoods across the city.

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City approves plans to transform how affordable housing is delivered across Vancouver

June 21 2018 - Council approved the creation of a $2-billion Vancouver Affordable Housing Endowment Fund, which will have a clear mandate to preserve and grow affordable housing in the city.

Regent Hotel at 160 Hastings St

Province provides better housing as City closes Regent Hotel

June 20 2018 - It has been determined that the structural and life-safety deficiencies at the Regent Hotel constitute an unsafe condition.

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City proposes $2 billion housing endowment fund with Housing Vancouver strategy update

June 13 2018 - The City will be proposing the consolidation of a $2 billion dollar Vancouver Affordable Housing Endowment Fund to Council next week.

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Find out about public events, news, and activities that will help shape the Housing Vancouver strategy.

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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.

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 services

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 property standards database

About our initiative to create an online database of rental buildings and their compliance with health and safety bylaws.

Winter Response Strategy

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

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