Housing

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Housing costs are the largest driver of affordability challenges in the region, for both homeowners and renters. Homelessness has been at crisis levels for many years. The housing crisis is also inseparable from the climate crisis as we see renters and home buyers pushed to suburbs. Beyond the emissions issues, these long commutes create poorer health outcomes and undermine community cohesion. We urgently need solutions that address both affordability and sustainability.
Our research and collaborations actively promote best practices in local government policy; track trends across the continuum of housing needs to develop solutions; and improve access to financing, research and technical assistance for affordable housing development.

We are an active member of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness and provide housing research services to the Capital Regional District.

Housing Reports

Letter to council regarding occupancy bylaw

February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020 Mayor and Council District of Saanich 770 Vernon Ave, Victoria BC, V8X 2W7 Sent via email to council@saanich.ca Dear Mayor and Council, Re: Unrelated occupants and Zoning Bylaw, 2003, Amendment Bylaw, 2020, No. 9608. We write in regard to the proposal to amend the unrelated occupants provisions of Zoning Bylaw, 2003. The … Read more

Greater Victoria household expenses up, but living wage for families down.

May 1, 2019

2019 Living Wage for families: $19.39. May 1, 2019 (Greater Victoria) Household expenses for raising a family in British Columbia increased again from 2018 to 2019. And if it hadn’t been for government policy – most notably BC’s new Affordable Child Care Benefit – the increase would have been close to ten thousand dollars, says the … Read more

Can’t Stay and Can’t Go – Rental Housing Instability Report

March 19, 2019

Research Report VICTORIA – Survey reveals that Victoria’s tight housing market is meaning renovictions, demovictions, discrimination, living in poor quality housing, and increased vulnerability for renters. A new study by the Community Social Planning Council of Victoria and the Victoria Tenants Action Group, Can’t Stay and Can’t Go: A participatory action research project on rental … Read more

Renters speak up about housing insecurity in the Capital region

March 14, 2019

VICTORIA – Survey reveals that Victoria’s tight housing market is meaning renovictions, demovictions, discrimination, living in poor quality housing, and increased vulnerability for renters. A new study by the Community Social Planning Council of Victoria and the Victoria Tenants Action Group, Can’t Stay and Can’t Go: A participatory action research project on rental housing instability … Read more

Innovating Seniors Housing 2016

October 18, 2016

Innovating Seniors Housing 2016 COMMUNITY SOCIAL PLANNING COUNCIL OF GREATER VICTORIA October 2016 Download the Primer The Complete Guide to Cohousing How to Create New-Build Cohousing How to Create Retrofit Cohousing

Homelessness in Greater Victoria: 2014/15 Report on Housing and Supports

November 7, 2015

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Capital Region Housing Data Book & Gap Analysis

October 7, 2015

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Report Resilient Neighbourhoods 2013

May 12, 2013

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Building from Faith 2013

March 12, 2013

Redeveloping Underutilized Church Land for Social Housing 2013 Download the Report

Affordable Housing for BC’s Capital Region: Tools for the Future 2012

April 12, 2012

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