Housing Needs Assessment

The City of Nanaimo has retained City Spaces Consulting to prepare a Housing Needs Assessment for Nanaimo.  A Housing Needs Assessment will identify current and future gaps in housing supply, type, and affordability including analyzing quantitative and qualitative data about local demographics and economics.  Housing Needs Assessments are legislated by the Provincial government and funding has been provided to support local governments.

The findings of the Housing Needs Assessment will help to inform the City’s ability to better understand what kinds of housing are most needed, and can help inform local plans, policies, and development decisions. The Project aims to:

  1.  Identify the current and emerging housing needs in a post-pandemic context;
  2.  Build in existing studies to evaluate the housing supply to identify gaps in housing across the housing continuum;
  3.  Support a strategic approach to land use planning and implementation; and
  4.  Compare housing supply with housing demand to determine the resources required to meet future needs.

Once the Housing Needs Assessment is complete, the report will be presented to Council and submitted to the Province of British Columbia and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities in accordance with the legislative requirements and the funding agreement. 

  • Progress

    Phase 1 Research and Project Launch (we are here)

    Phase 2 Engagement and Consultation Summary Report (late Summer/early Fall 2022)

    Phase 3 Analysis of Findings (Fall 2022)

    Phase 4 Final Report (Winter 2022/23)

  • Documents
  • Details
  • Background

    In 2018, Nanaimo City Council endorsed the Nanaimo Affordable Housing Strategy (AHS).  The AHS sets the priorities for the City of Nanaimo to address affordability and supply across the housing continuum over the next 10 years.  The findings of the Housing Needs Assessment will help to inform the following objectives of the AHS:

    1. Increase the supply of rental housing;
    2. Support infill and densification in existing neighbourhoods;
    3. Diversify housing forms in all neighbourhoods; and
    4. Continue to support low income and special needs housing.

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