Since 2001, we have been working with the provincial and federal governments and local community partners to address issues of affordable housing in our community. Our goal is to provide a range of housing types and tenures to meet the needs of Nanaimo's residents; this includes incentives to develop affordable housing, zoning bylaws that allow for a range of housing types and tenures and support to nonprofit agencies providing a variety of social services.
This page outlines a brief summary of those projects, incentives and supports, as well as some of the research done since 2001.
Affordable Housing Strategy
We want your feedback! Please take our online survey (open November 1-30)
Nanaimo’s Official Community Plan identifies access to housing as critical to community well-being, and ‘Affordable Housing’ is one of Council’s top strategic initiatives for 2016-2019. The City is currently in the process of developing an Affordable Housing Discussion Paper that will identify current housing needs, priority areas and options for action. This Discussion Paper will be followed by an Affordable Housing Strategy that, once approved by Council, will set the priorities for the City of Nanaimo for 2017-2027 to address non-market and market housing affordability across the housing continuum. To learn more about the Affordable Housing Strategy process, click here.
Affordable Housing Strategy Community Meetings in November
Please join staff to learn more about housing in Nanaimo and provide your ideas for the Affordable Housing Strategy. Everyone is welcome!
When and Where:
Friday, Nov. 17, 11am - 2pm: Kris Kringle Craft Market at Beban Park
Saturday, Nov. 18, 11am - 2pm: Serious Coffee in Southgate Mall
Friday, Nov. 24, 3pm - 6pm: Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
Saturday, Nov. 25, 11am - 2pm: North Nanaimo Town Centre
Official Community Plan - Affordable Housing ( Part C, Goal 3, 3.2 page 67 )
Policies and Bylaws related to affordable housing
Density Bonusing for Social Housing
See Schedule D of the Zoning Bylaw (this link goes to the main zoning page where the zoning bylaw is broken down into section, etc. and also available as a mapping feature).
See Section 6.17 of the Zoning Bylaw (this link goes to the main zoning page where the zoning bylaw is broken down into section, etc. and also available as a mapping feature).
See Section 6.15 of the Zoning Bylaw (this link goes to the main zoning page where the zoning bylaw is broken down into section, etc. and also available as a mapping feature).