Homes for people
An action plan to meet the challenges of today and deliver more homes for people, faster
B.C. is taking bold action to make sure housing is more accessible and more affordable for people.
B.C. is making it easier and faster to get provincial permits to build new homes, and offering financial support for people who could build a suite they can rent out at more affordable rates.
People in 55+ strata homes can now stay in their homes even if their family structure changes. Starting right away, future children, and partners are exempt from 55+ strata bylaws. Adult children can also move back home with family.
B.C. needs more housing options, but outdated zoning laws are limiting many communities to only condo towers and houses for just one family.
These don’t work for everyone – people want more housing choices and options that meet the needs of growing families. That’s why we are taking action and making it easier to build more duplexes, row homes and townhouses.
This means more homes in existing neighborhoods and more homes within reach.
A homelessness plan, prioritizing cultural safety, Indigenous and community partnerships, and the inclusion of people with diverse identities and needs.
The vision of the plan is that B.C. is a place where everyone has a home and community, and the overarching goals are to prevent and reduce homelessness; and to ensure that when it does occur, it is rare, brief and one-time.
People in B.C. need homes close to their jobs and transit. We’re creating communities where it’s easier for more people to get to work or school, while helping to reduce their vehicle dependency and costs.
More women and children, including those leaving violent situations, will have an affordable, safe and secure place to go, as new, secure homes run by non-profits are coming soon to B.C. Many of these homes will have supports available for women, including transgender women, Two-Spirit, and non-binary people, and their dependent children who are experiencing or are at risk of violence.
Starting in 2024, moderate and low-income renters in B.C. can get up to $400 with a new income-tested renter’s tax credit. The credit will help more than 80% of B.C. renting households.
A new, streamlined permitting process will make approvals easier, so construction on new homes for people can get underway, faster.
A new $500 million fund will soon be available to non-profit housing organizations to purchase affordable rental buildings and co-ops. This will help make sure these rentals stay on the market and people are better protected from renovictions and big rent spikes.
B.C. is taking action to add more staff and resources to make sure rental disputes get solved faster and is cracking down on serious offences, like illegal evictions. This means renters and landlords will get access to the protections, services and resolutions they need.
New modular supportive homes are getting built in the Downtown Eastside. Nearly 100 people will soon be able to move from shelters into a stable, welcoming home with 24/7 support.
New changes to the Strata Property Act will remove age restrictions in most B.C. strata buildings (55+ buildings will remain).
This means thousands more families can find good homes and people who decide to have children won’t have to leave their home.
Housing will become its own standalone ministry to address the housing crisis in B.C.
The Speculation and Vacancy Tax makes sure much needed homes don’t sit vacant by encouraging owners to rent them out, in areas hardest hit by the housing crisis.
You only pay the tax if you own a home, but do not live in it or rent it out. Every homeowner must declare, but 99% of people in B.C. are exempt.
When exams are on your mind, access to affordable housing should not be. New student housing will make sure students can focus on building, and saving for, their future.
More than 42,000 new homes are open or underway in more than 100 communities in B.C.
|Community Housing Fund||9,096|
|Indigenous Housing Fund||1,519|
|Women’s Transition Housing Fund||966|
|Supportive Housing Fund||3,869|
|Homelessness Action Plan||574|
|Rapid Response to Homelessness||1,894|
|Affordable Rental Housing Program||1,189|
|Deepening Affordability Fund||2,107|
|Other BC Housing Funding||6,701|
|Total as of March 31, 2023:||42,304|
Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home.
For too long, people all over B.C. have been watching as housing costs have skyrocketed, putting pressure on their budgets and keeping prices out of reach for most.
We are taking urgent action. Since introducing our Homes for BC 30-point housing plan and bringing in the Speculation and Vacancy Tax, we’re building record numbers of new homes and we’ve seen over 20,000 empty units turned into homes for people in Metro Vancouver alone.
But there’s still more work to be done.
Now higher interest rates and record population growth are also impacting housing affordability – driving up costs even further.
As a result, we are taking bold new action to create more homes for people in B.C.