For Nanaimo to remain a great home to people of all income levels, it is critical to maintain a stock of affordable housing and create opportunities for new affordable homes. Housing includes a range of housing types across the entire housing continuum from temporary shelter, to social or supportive housing, non-market housing, market rental, and homeownership.

New Provincial Housing Legislation

The Province has passed new housing legislation aimed to address the housing crisis which has implications for the City of Nanaimo. The legislation includes four new bills: Bill 35 – Short-Term Rental Accommodation Act; Bill 44: Small-Scale Multi-Unit Housing; Bill 46: Development Financing; and Bill 47: Transit Oriented Areas. For information on these bills and how the City is responding, click on the 2024 Housing Initiatives below.

2024 Housing Initiatives

2023 Housing Initiatives

Housing Initiatives Prior to 2023

  • Affordable Housing Strategy

  • City Plan

  • Coach (Carriage) Houses

  • Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) Policy

  • Density Bonus in the Zoning Bylaw

  • Development Cost Charge Bylaw Reductions

  • Downtown Revitalization Tax Exemption Program

  • Housing Legacy Reserve

  • MOU with BC Housing

  • Nanaimo's Health and Housing Action Plan

  • Row Housing

  • Secondary Suites

  • Short-Term Rental Regulations

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Last updated: March 26, 2024

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