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Housing Vancouver Strategy

72,000 new homes for renters, families, and vulnerable residents over the next ten years

As Vancouver grows, new housing should respond to our incomes, families, and lifestyles. We’re forming our new strategy to create the homes Vancouver residents need, and can afford.

From our most vulnerable residents and seniors to young people and growing families, everyone who wants to live in Vancouver should have access to housing that is adequate and affordable.

Our new housing targets

To ensure we create the right housing supply that people can afford, we’ve set new targets for housing based on incomes and affordability. This will help local residents secure the right type of housing in the right location. New types of housing in our neighbourhoods will better meet the needs of Vancouver families, while more rental housing near transportation hubs will help people move about more easily, from home to work to play.

Our goal over the next ten years is to see 72,000 new homes in Vancouver – the right homes that our residents need – across all areas of the city. These new targets will exceed those found in our previous ten-year housing strategy PDF file (3 MB) and double those set out by Metro Vancouver.

As over 50% of Vancouver’s population is comprised of renters, we need more rental housing for families, key workers, young residents, seniors, and the city’s most vulnerable residents. To achieve this, we are quadrupling our former 10-year target for new permanent rental homes.


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New housing targets by income

48% (34,800) for people earning less than $80,000 per year

6% (4,600) for families earning less than $80,000

33% (24,200) for singles earning $30,000 to $80,000

9% (6,800) for people earning less than $30,000

What we're doing to meet these targets

Enabling the right supply

Prioritizing affordable housing

Ensuring stability for renters

Supporting our most vulnerable

Housing lower-income residents

Advocating for support


How our strategy has evolved

Emerging directions and documents

Learn our approach to reset the Housing and Homelessness Strategy (2012-2021), and browse the reports and research that inform our work.

Temporary Modular Housing

With VAHA and the BC government, we're building temporary modular housing on vacant and underused sites for homeless residents.

Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • Fall 2016

    Stakeholder consultation: identify beneficial housing practices

  • March 2017

    City Council adopts Housing emerging directions

  • Spring 2017

    Round 1 consultation: determine residents' priorities

  • Summer 2017

    Report public feedback to City Council

  • We are here
  • Summer –
    fall 2017

    Round 2 consultation: discuss proposed strategy

  • Fall –
    winter 2017

    Present final strategy to City Council

Emerging directions and documents