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 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 physical 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.