Ten of 47 B.C. municipalities on the government’s so-called “naughty list” of communities that need to build more homes have been given their assignments.
The number and type of homes targeted for construction within the first municipalities that were announced as part of the Housing Supply Act have been released, according to B.C.’s Ministry of Housing.
The targets represent a 38 per cent increase in overall housing to be built in these communities over what was historically projected, the province said in a release Tuesday (Sept. 26).
- City of Abbotsford: 7,240 units
- City of Delta: 3,607 units
- City of Kamloops: 4,236 units
- District of North Vancouver: 2,838 units
- District of Oak Bay: 664 units
- City of Port Moody: 1,694 units
- District of Saanich: 4,610 units
- City of Vancouver: 28,900 housing units
- City of Victoria: 4,902 units
- District of West Vancouver: 1,432 units
“The housing crisis is hurting people, holding back our economy and impacting the services we all count on,” said Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon in a statement. “We’re taking action and working with municipal partners to make sure more homes are built in communities with the greatest housing need. The targets include thousands of below-market rental units for the largest and fastest-growing communities. This means more people will be able find a home in the community they love.”
The 10 municipalities were selected in May 2023 as part of the Housing Supply Act. This allows the province to set housing targets that selected municipalities must build over the next five years.
In addition to number of units, each municipality has been given a list of housing target guidelines.
These guidelines break down the type of housing units municipalities should build, the number of rental units, the number of below-market rental units and units with on-site supports, according to the B.C. government.