affordable housing

Housing affordability has become a top issue for Canadians as housing prices continue to climb. (Black Press file photo)

CANADA VOTES 2021: How will the parties make housing more affordable?

Housing prices have skyrocketed during the pandemic

 

The City of Nanaimo has received $50,000 from the B.C. Ministry of Municipal Affairs to assist with a housing needs report. (News Bulletin file)

City of Nanaimo will study housing needs and report back to B.C. government

Six communities get grants to compile information to ‘bring local housing needs into greater focus’

 

Nanaimo city council has issued a development permit for 51 units of permanent supportive housing at 285 Prideaux St. (S2 Architecture image)

Development permit issued for community services building site on Prideaux Street in Nanaimo

City anticipates it will receive an application for a demolition permit this fall

 

Responses from renters and landlords to a recent City of Nanaimo survey revealed renters are paying ever higher proportions of total household incomes for rent, and are experiencing shortages of all accommodations, especially for families, renters with pets and people with mobility challenges. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo city council presented with ‘shocking’ housing affordability concerns

4 out of 5 tenants in Nanaimo report spending more than 30% of their total household income on rent

Responses from renters and landlords to a recent City of Nanaimo survey revealed renters are paying ever higher proportions of total household incomes for rent, and are experiencing shortages of all accommodations, especially for families, renters with pets and people with mobility challenges. (News Bulletin file photo)
B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson with Premier John Horgan after the budget speech Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. home owner grant won’t be altered, despite expert advice

Tax break for residences worth up to $1.6 million too popular

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson with Premier John Horgan after the budget speech Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
City councillors at a governance and priorities committee meeting voted to have staff compile a report on easing restrictions on using recreational vehicles as permanent dwellings as way to help ease affordable housing shortage. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo city councillors ask for report on ways to allow RVs as permanent dwellings

Governance and priorities committee directive in response to Nanaimo’s affordable housing shortage

City councillors at a governance and priorities committee meeting voted to have staff compile a report on easing restrictions on using recreational vehicles as permanent dwellings as way to help ease affordable housing shortage. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo is looking into tiny homes as one solution to help address a shortage of affordable housing. (B.C. Housing photo)

RDN director wants region to look at tiny homes as way to address affordable housing shortage

Gabriola Island director’s motion will be brought to board for endorsement

The Regional District of Nanaimo is looking into tiny homes as one solution to help address a shortage of affordable housing. (B.C. Housing photo)
Hundreds of rental units are being constructed in Nanaimo, but the city is still reporting a one per cent vacancy rate and a shortage of apartments with three or more bedrooms. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo re-examines affordable housing strategy as low rental vacancy rates persist

Staff proposes amendments to try to encourage building owners to rent out rather than sell suites

Hundreds of rental units are being constructed in Nanaimo, but the city is still reporting a one per cent vacancy rate and a shortage of apartments with three or more bedrooms. (News Bulletin file photo)
B.C. Attorney General David Eby, Minister Responsible for Housing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. announces $2B for affordable, middle-income family home projects

HousingHub financing to encourage more developers, groups – with low-interest loans – to build affordable homes

B.C. Attorney General David Eby, Minister Responsible for Housing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A rendering of the a proposed multi-residential development on Railway Street and Village Way in Qualicum Beach. (DYS Architecture Illustration)

Council gets first look at plans for affordable housing project in Qualicum Beach

Rental rates projected at $375 for studio unit, $560 for two-bedroom

A rendering of the a proposed multi-residential development on Railway Street and Village Way in Qualicum Beach. (DYS Architecture Illustration)
Jon Lefebure went back to construction after losing the 2018 mayor’s post in North Cowichan to work on the Cottages On Willow. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Former Island mayor retools priorities with construction project

Fresh air a benefit and satisfaction results from building eight-unit housing complex in Chemainus

Jon Lefebure went back to construction after losing the 2018 mayor’s post in North Cowichan to work on the Cottages On Willow. (Photo by Don Bodger)
New affordable seniors’ housing is opening at 77 Mill St. this month. (D-Architecture image)

Two affordable housing projects opening this month in Nanaimo

57 apartments for seniors opening on Mill Street, 28 townhomes opening on Uplands Drive

New affordable seniors’ housing is opening at 77 Mill St. this month. (D-Architecture image)
Artist rendering of proposed apartment buildings at 4745 Ledgerwood Rd. (West Urban Developments)

Province providing financing to help get apartments built in Nanaimo’s Wellington area

120 apartments on Ledgerwood Road intended to be affordable for ‘middle-income’ households

Artist rendering of proposed apartment buildings at 4745 Ledgerwood Rd. (West Urban Developments)
This lot on White Road in Duncan will be the site of a new supportive housing development. A similar facility will be built on Drinkwater Road in North Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

100 supportive housing units to be built in Duncan, N. Cowichan

‘We have the track record that this works’

This lot on White Road in Duncan will be the site of a new supportive housing development. A similar facility will be built on Drinkwater Road in North Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
An artist rendering of a three-storey 23-unit affordable housing project at 285 Rosehill St. (Low Hammond Rowe Architects)

Affordable project in Nanaimo will give residents a chance at independent living

Vancouver Island Mental Health Society’s 23-unit affordable housing building to open in October

An artist rendering of a three-storey 23-unit affordable housing project at 285 Rosehill St. (Low Hammond Rowe Architects)
Construction on an apartment building close to the intersection of Bowen Road and Pryde Avenue. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s average rent continues to climb, report shows

Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment has increased by 38 per cent since 2014

Construction on an apartment building close to the intersection of Bowen Road and Pryde Avenue. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Tents set up on Nanaimo City Hall grounds on Wallace Street and on the south downtown waterfront at 1 Port Drive. Both properties were long-listed for supportive housing in 2018 and both went on to house tent cities that same year. (News Bulletin file photos)

City of Nanaimo long-listed 38 possible sites for supportive housing

Recently released in-camera information shows city-owned properties that were looked at in 2018

Tents set up on Nanaimo City Hall grounds on Wallace Street and on the south downtown waterfront at 1 Port Drive. Both properties were long-listed for supportive housing in 2018 and both went on to house tent cities that same year. (News Bulletin file photos)
B.C. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

B.C. to give municipalities final say over rental zoning

City halls will be required to provide housing needs assessment

B.C. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson, Andrew Sakamoto of the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre and David Hutniak, CEO of LandlordBC, announce new rent restrictions at the B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2017. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. to give renters a break on deposits, rent increases

Short-term lease loophole to be closed, Selina Robinson says

Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson, Andrew Sakamoto of the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre and David Hutniak, CEO of LandlordBC, announce new rent restrictions at the B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2017. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)