Housing

Royal Canadian Navy crew line up during a ceremony for the HMCS Regina at CFB Esquimalt in Esquimalt, B.C., Friday April 29, 2016. New figures from the Department of National Defence show thousands of Canadian Armed Forces members and their families across the country are waiting for military housing.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Nearly 4,500 Canadian Armed Forces members, families waiting for military housing

Vancouver Island military families among those caught in the housing squeeze

 

M’akola Housing Society, through funding from BC Housing, will build a five storey affordable housing building at 603 Main Street in Penticton. (Rendering)

QUIZ: How much do you know about housing and homes?

In many communities, finding a place to buy or rent can be a challenge

 

Tents are seen at a homeless encampment at Crab Park as the downtown skyline rises behind them in Vancouver, on Sunday, August 14, 2022. Housing anxiety in British Columbia encompasses young professionals who can’t raise enough cash for down payments, students and low-income families unable to afford rent and people in tents fearful they will die homeless, says Canada’s federal housing advocate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. posts Canada’s highest unaffordable housing rate, homeless fear death on streets

Canada’s federal housing advocate’s visit to B.C. left her convinced housing in Canada not working

 

Tents are seen at a homeless encampment at Crab Park as the downtown skyline rises behind them in Vancouver, on Sunday, August 14, 2022. Housing anxiety in British Columbia encompasses young professionals who can’t raise enough cash for down payments, students and low-income families unable to afford rent and people in tents fearful they will die homeless, says Canada’s federal housing advocate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. posts highest rate of unaffordable housing as ownership declines across Canada

Canada’s homeownership rate fell to 66.5 per cent in 2021 from its peak at 69 per cent in 2011

Tents are seen at a homeless encampment at Crab Park as the downtown skyline rises behind them in Vancouver, on Sunday, August 14, 2022. Housing anxiety in British Columbia encompasses young professionals who can’t raise enough cash for down payments, students and low-income families unable to afford rent and people in tents fearful they will die homeless, says Canada’s federal housing advocate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Delegates at the 2022 Union of British Columbia Municipalities in Whistler considered several resolutions on housing Thursday morning. (Photo courtesy of Union of British Columbia Municipalities)

UBCM calls for review of speculation tax, more control over short-term rentals

A Victoria resolution to explore vacancy control failed narrowly at annual municipal convention

Delegates at the 2022 Union of British Columbia Municipalities in Whistler considered several resolutions on housing Thursday morning. (Photo courtesy of Union of British Columbia Municipalities)
(Black Press Media Creative)

Province takes aim at cost of living with 2% rent cap, increased tax benefits

75 per cent of B.C. families will receive larger financial boost, says finance minister

(Black Press Media Creative)
City of Abbotsford bylaw officers work at a Gladys Ave. homeless camp in 2018. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file)

Province funnels $625K to Abbotsford programs that help connect homeless population to services

MLA Pam Alexis says provincial investment will support people who are unhoused in Abbotsford

City of Abbotsford bylaw officers work at a Gladys Ave. homeless camp in 2018. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file)
(Black Press Media Creative)

B.C. students struggle to find housing ahead of fall semester

BC Federation of Students says students are working multiple jobs, living in cramped conditions

(Black Press Media Creative)
Robin Drive ends in a cul-de-sac, where children are often safe to play. But the city has approved a development of 26 units that will use Robin Drive as well. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Residents of small Abbotsford road opposed to 26-unit development

Council moves ahead with approval as west Abbotsford continues to grow

Robin Drive ends in a cul-de-sac, where children are often safe to play. But the city has approved a development of 26 units that will use Robin Drive as well. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Policies recommended include investments in public housing, mandatory inclusionary zoning and tying rent increases to units rather than individual tenancies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

British Columbians support progressive housing policies to combat affordability crisis: poll

The soaring cost of housing is the single biggest component of the affordability crisis in B.C.

Policies recommended include investments in public housing, mandatory inclusionary zoning and tying rent increases to units rather than individual tenancies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Murray Rankin, photographed during a funding announcement at the legislature in June 14, is the new acting attorney general and housing minister. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C.’s Indigenous relations minister ‘honoured’ to assume attorney general role

Murray Rankin also adds housing responsibilities, has short-term goals for temporary role

Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Murray Rankin, photographed during a funding announcement at the legislature in June 14, is the new acting attorney general and housing minister. (Black Press Media file photo)
A petition has been started to delay the development of the Cooper farm on McMillan Road. (Photo by Marlisa Power)

Petition aims to delay development of Cooper farm in Abbotsford

Organizer wants city to ‘take a pause’ and listen to residents’ ideas and concerns

A petition has been started to delay the development of the Cooper farm on McMillan Road. (Photo by Marlisa Power)
A seven-acre property on Swensson Road on the Abbotsford-Aldergrove border has been approved for a 50-lot subdivision.

Former auto-wrecking site approved for 50-lot subdivision in west Abbotsford

Seven-acre property on Swensson Avenue is former Aldergrove Auto Wrecking

A seven-acre property on Swensson Road on the Abbotsford-Aldergrove border has been approved for a 50-lot subdivision.
Among three new apartment buildings planned for Abbotsford is a six-storey 43-unit project on Plaxton Crescent adjacent to Mill Lake.

Three new apartment buildings planned in Abbotsford

Projects include six-storey development adjacent to Mill Lake

Among three new apartment buildings planned for Abbotsford is a six-storey 43-unit project on Plaxton Crescent adjacent to Mill Lake.
A California school district is hoping to attract more teachers by providing them with affordable housing. (Associated Press/screenshot)

VIDEO: California school district builds affordable housing to attract teachers

Rising rent, teacher shortages piquing districts’ interest in workforce housing

A California school district is hoping to attract more teachers by providing them with affordable housing. (Associated Press/screenshot)
A person walks by a row of houses in Toronto on Tuesday July 12, 2022. Multigenerations living under one roof is becoming increasingly common, Statistics Canada’s latest tranche of census data revealed Wednesday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Roommates, multi-generational homes rising amid increasing costs, immigration: census

Number of homes being shared grew by 45 per cent over the last 20 years

A person walks by a row of houses in Toronto on Tuesday July 12, 2022. Multigenerations living under one roof is becoming increasingly common, Statistics Canada’s latest tranche of census data revealed Wednesday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Construction is underway on the Highstreet Village housing development at Mt. Lehman Road and Cardinal Avenue in Abbotsford. (Artist’s rendering from highstreetvillage.ca)

Construction underway on large housing development near Highstreet in Abbotsford

Eight condo buildings and 157 townhomes part of project at Mt. Lehman and Cardinal

Construction is underway on the Highstreet Village housing development at Mt. Lehman Road and Cardinal Avenue in Abbotsford. (Artist’s rendering from highstreetvillage.ca)
The Cooper farm on McMillan Road in Abbotsford is being proposed for a large development that would see more than 400 units of housing. (Abbotsford News file photo)

400-unit housing plan for Cooper farm in Abbotsford goes to public hearing

Proposal for property on McMillan Road also includes 17.7 acres of parkland

The Cooper farm on McMillan Road in Abbotsford is being proposed for a large development that would see more than 400 units of housing. (Abbotsford News file photo)
The Cooper farm on McMillan Road in Abbotsford is being proposed for a large development that would see more than 400 units of housing. (Abbotsford News file photo)

More than 400 units of housing proposed for Cooper farm in Abbotsford

Property on McMillan Road owned by Kathleen Cooper until her death in 2020

The Cooper farm on McMillan Road in Abbotsford is being proposed for a large development that would see more than 400 units of housing. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Houses are seen on Squamish Nation land in North Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) says residential mortgage debt grew by nine per cent last year compared with a year earlier for the fastest pace of growth since 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

CMHC says residential mortgage debt grew last year by fastest pace since 2008

Mortgage debt grew by 9 per cent last year, topped 10 per cent in the early months of this year

Houses are seen on Squamish Nation land in North Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) says residential mortgage debt grew by nine per cent last year compared with a year earlier for the fastest pace of growth since 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Pop-up banner image