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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

City releases first Empty Homes Tax Annual Report

November 29 2018 - The City of Vancouver has published an annual report for the first year of the Empty Homes Tax program, including an updated revenue estimate.

Union St at Gore Ave being considered as a site for temporary modular housing

August 1 2018 - If approved, this newest site at 898 Main St would bring the City and the Province to their goal of 600 new temporary modular homes.

Making Room Program duplex proposal referred to public hearing

July 26 2018 - Zoning changes that would allow duplexes in most single-family areas across the city will be considered by City Council in the fall.

City approves improvements to Laneway Housing Program

July 24 2018 - Bylaw changes have been approved by Council in a move that will help meet the Housing Vancouver target of providing 4,000 new laneway homes over the next 10 years.

Get updates

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.

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.