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Housing Vancouver strategy: Background and documents

Housing Vancouver focuses on providing a great variety of housing across the city—the right homes Vancouver residents need, and can afford.

From our most vulnerable residents and seniors to young people and growing families, everyone who wants to live in Vancouver should have access to housing that is adequate and affordable.

Over the last three years, Vancouver has been creating new housing supply at a record rate. However, there is a significant need for new housing to meet the needs and incomes of Vancouver residents.

As Vancouver grows, new housing should respond to our incomes, families, and lifestyles.

Housing Vancouver strategy

Our detailed plan to address the housing crisis.

Housing Vancouver strategy Action Plan

120 actions to help our residents with their housing.

Affordable Housing Delivery and Financial Strategy (738.04 KB)

Our plan to deliver affordable housing across the spectrum of income needs.


Housing Reset (2016-2017)

We did intensive public engagement, research, and analysis to develop new ways to address housing affordability.

Talk Housing with Us (Spring 2011)

This program gave housing stakeholders, experts, and interested community members the opportunity to present ideas, seek advice, and engage with one another to find solutions to the challenges of housing affordability and homelessness.

Over 400 people participated in the workshops, meetings, and roundtables. In addition, 2,400 people visited the related online discussion forum.

Here are some of the key documents from this process:

Our work before the housing strategy

Before the start of this initiative in 2011, we had already made significant advances in the efforts to end homelessness and provide affordable housing for all.

  • Increased shelter capacity during winter months
  • Funded the renovation of 200 units to reduce street homelessness
  • Secured capital funding from the Province for 1,500 supportive housing sites on 14 City-owned property
  • Mobilized the community to provide better support to the homeless
  • Launched the Urban Health Initiative, which focuses on issues such as care in low-barrier shelters, hoarding, mental health training for frontline staff, and food initiatives
  • Developed the Short-Term Incentive for Rental (STIR) program, which encourages the development of new market rental housing
  • Enabled the development of 750 new secondary suites and laneway housing units
  • Rezoned the Cambie Corridor to require 20% affordable market housing on sites targeted for rental housing

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For more information about what we’re doing as part of the Housing Vancouver Strategy and Action Plan, questions can be directed to:

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