Housing Needs Funding

A new funding program is receiving applications from local governments to support the development of housing needs reports. Local governments can apply for grants ranging from $15,000-$70,000 depending on the population of the planning area(s) included in their application.

Housing needs reports are required by newly-amended legislation and 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 confirmed $5 million over three years for this program. The Program supports local governments in undertaking housing needs reports in order to meet the provincial requirements.

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).

Funding permitting, the application deadlines are May 31, 2019, and November 29, 2019. For more information, please contact Local Government Program Services or call 250-952-9177.

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