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Housing Vancouver strategy

Housing Vancouver provides a strong foundation for the future in Vancouver.

Vancouver should be a place where:

  • Neighbourhoods are full of families
  • Young people can afford to buy a home
  • People of all incomes and backgrounds can participate in their communities

The focus of our 10-year housing strategy

  • Building more affordable housing
  • Addressing and limiting the over-inflated cost of land that is driving up housing prices
  • Ensuring the right types of homes are built – homes our residents need and can afford
  • Protecting and renewing existing affordable rental housing across Vancouver
  • Providing housing and support for our most vulnerable residents
  • Streamlining City processes for faster housing development

Top actions and priorities

Getting the right supply

Our city is home to a diverse population – with a broad range of backgrounds, household types, incomes, and occupations.

According to the 2016 Census, over 50% of homes in Vancouver are rented.

We need the right housing for families, key workers, young residents, seniors, and our most vulnerable residents:

  • Rental housing for single-person households earning less than $50,000
  • Rental housing for families earning less than $80,000
  • Ground-level homeownership options such as townhouses and coach homes

Read the strategy (10 MB)

Our new housing targets

Our goal is 72,000 new homes across Vancouver in the next 10 years.

of new homes will serve households earning less than $80,000
of new homes will be large enough for families
of all new housing will be for renters
will be secure long-term market rental homes
will be social, supportive, and non-profit co-operative homes
new laneway homes for singles, couples, and families
new ground-level homes such as townhouses, rowhouses and infills
new homes will be for households earning less than $30,000
More ownership options will be available for first time homebuyers, families, and downsizing seniors

How we got here

Housing Vancouver is the result of 14 months of research and engagement with:

  • Local, national, and international housing experts and stakeholders
  • Over 10,000 residents from Vancouver and the region

We will continue to engage with the public throughout 2018 as we pursue new Housing Vancouver initiatives.


Project timeline

  • Fall 2016

    Stakeholder consultation to identify beneficial housing practices for Vancouver.

  • Spring 2017

    City Council adopts Emerging Directions for housing in Vancouver.
    Public engagement to determine Vancouver resident’s priorities for housing.

  • Summer 2017

    City Council receives update on public feedback and preliminary 10-year housing targets.

  • Summer-
    fall 2017

    Final Housing Vancouver strategy and Three-Year Action Plan drafted.

  • Winter 2017

    City Council adopts Housing Vancouver strategy and Three-Year Action Plan.

  • We are here
  • 2018-2027

    Implementation of Housing Vancouver strategy.

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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: