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Finding housing

Finding affordable rental housing in Vancouver can be a challenge for residents of all income brackets.

For lower-income tenants, it's particularly difficult.

That is why Council is actively working to protect the City's existing supply of affordable rental housing, while adding an additional 5,000 units of non-market or social housing.

At the same time, Council plans to enable an additional 11,000 new market rental housing units to the City's stock, as well as help more renters become home owners, by enabling the building of 20,000 new market ownership units.

The goal is to make sure every resident has a safe, affordable home.

Tenant resources

Protecting renters

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

City-owned market rental housing

Rental properties are posted on the City of Vancouver's website as they become available. Note that the City does not maintain a waiting list.

Developer resources

Housing options for families

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

Owners and developers

What you must do to help renters if you're redeveloping. Access applicant checklists and templates.

Guidelines for developing social housing projects (736.64 KB)

The Housing Design and Technical Guidelines Version help develop social housing and outline minimum affordability and livability requirements.

How we expand and maintain rental housing

Creating and protecting market rental housing

Learn about our programs to help add and protect market rental housing, apply to create housing under these programs, and get resources and forms.

Single Room Accommodation Bylaw

The SRA Bylaw regulates the alteration, conversion, and demolition of low-cost housing in Downtown to prevent the loss of housing and displacement of tenants.

Kingsway Continental non-market housing

The City purchased the former Ramada Inn hotel at 3484 Kingsway and will convert the building into non-market housing.