The homelessness crisis in Nanaimo is a complex matter affected by many factors. As a municipality, our responsibility is limited by legislation and resources, but we continue to advocate to the provincial and federal government for their commitment and support in the areas that fall under their mandate such as addressing the opioid crisis, addictions, mental health and housing affordability. The City is committed to working with several partners, including all levels of government, to each take a leadership role and address the responsibilities and services that fall under their jurisdiction. On this page, you will find a number of helpful links to City programs, resources and contacts you can reach out to and the areas of responsibility that are within their control.
Download or print a brochure on who to call to report or get information on public safety and community outreach.
Learn more about what the City of Nanaimo is doing to help address our current homelessness crisis.
The City of Nanaimo is working closely with several other organizations to create an action plan to end homelessness.
Affordable housing is one of Council's top strategic initiatives. The affordable housing discussion paper identifies current and future housing needs.
The Nanaimo RCMP's main goal is to increase community safety. Learn more about programs, including sections and specialized units.
This useful guide identifies many programs youth can take advantage of in Nanaimo. For example, it lists drop-in centres, recreation opportunities, legal services and more.
Get information on mental health and addiction treatment and support services through Island Health.
BC Housing's website has information on a number of affordable and supportive housing projects including the temporary supportive housing developments on Terminal Avenue and Labieux Road.
Learn about initiatives the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions is developing to improve access to services and address the opioid public emergency.
Learn about the Ministry's role in supporting communities with providing access to partnerships to develop affordable, safe and appropriate housing.
Connect to Health Canada's website for information on the Federal Government's initiatives to tackle the opioid crisis.
View a contact list of your local MLAs and MP.
Last updated: July 26, 2019