Housing Needs Report Program

Applications are not currently being accepted for this program. 

The Housing Needs Reports program supports local governments in undertaking housing needs reports in order to meet the provincial requirements. The reports will strengthen the ability of local governments to understand what kinds of housing are most needed in their communities, and help inform local plans, policies, and development decisions. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing has provided $5 million for this program.

The program is structured to reflect the planning areas for which local governments are required to complete housing needs reports: municipalities, electoral areas, and local trust areas (within the Islands Trust). Though not subject to the provincial requirements to complete housing needs reports, Treaty First Nations (as defined by the Interpretation Act) are also eligible to apply to the program. Funding is scaled based on the net population of the planning area.

For all funded projects, it is expected that in-person activities, meetings or events meet social distancing and other public health guidance in relation to COVID-19.  Extensions to project end dates and final report deadlines are available for any approved project impacted by COVID-19.

2020 Housing Needs Report Program

Prospective applicants should be advised that based on available funding, this will likely be the final intake of this funding program.

2019 Housing Needs Report Program

Approved applicants should refer to the program guide for reporting requirements.

Additional Information

  • The Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing has compiled a catalogue of datasets which includes nearly all the data that local governments are required to collect to complete a Housing Needs Report. 
  • Guidelines for local governments preparing Housing Needs Reports have been developed by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing. These notes provide local governments with added clarity on several aspects of the Housing Needs Reports requirements.
  • Summary of Funded Projects, 2019 [PDF - 91 KB]

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Local Government Program Services at (250) 952-9177 or lgps@ubcm.ca.

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