Housing

UFV president Joanne MacLean smiles at a funding announcement for nearly 400 new student dorms at the school’s Abbotsford campus. Also shown are Bruce Banman, MLA for Abbotsford South (left), Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun (second left) and UFV’s Craig Toews. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

New $70-million student housing project to add almost 400 beds to UFV in Abbotsford

Largest funding announcement in UFV history will triple the number of student beds on campus

UFV president Joanne MacLean smiles at a funding announcement for nearly 400 new student dorms at the school’s Abbotsford campus. Also shown are Bruce Banman, MLA for Abbotsford South (left), Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun (second left) and UFV’s Craig Toews. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Homes are pictured in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Councillors in Vancouver have unanimously backed a motion from Mayor Kennedy Stewart to hike the city’s empty homes tax to five per cent of a property’s assessed value, effective next year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver council hiking empty homes tax to 5 per cent of assessed value in 2023

City hiking empty homes tax to five per cent of a property’s assessed value, effective next year

Homes are pictured in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Councillors in Vancouver have unanimously backed a motion from Mayor Kennedy Stewart to hike the city’s empty homes tax to five per cent of a property’s assessed value, effective next year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Mike Armstrong addresses White Rock council in 2012 about making the city more dog-friendly. This week, he and his wife were ordered by a BC Supreme Court judge to pay $52,500 in commission on properties that were listed for sale but never sold. (File photo)
Mike Armstrong addresses White Rock council in 2012 about making the city more dog-friendly. This week, he and his wife were ordered by a BC Supreme Court judge to pay $52,500 in commission on properties that were listed for sale but never sold. (File photo)
A tradesperson stands atop a condo tower under construction, in Burnaby, B.C., on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Census shows apartment growth, but supply remains the main issue in B.C.: experts

Apartments in buildings with 5 or more storeys, make up 10.9 per cent of all dwellings in B.C.

A tradesperson stands atop a condo tower under construction, in Burnaby, B.C., on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Cat rescue organizations are “drowning in cats” that have been surrendered by owners because they can’t find pet-friendly housing, said Christy Moschopedis of FCM Community Cat Trappers. (Darren McDonald)

Fraser Valley rescue organizations ‘drowning in cats’ due to lack of pet-friendly housing

Nearly 80% of cats in 4 Chilliwack shelters are owner surrenders, says cat rescuer

Cat rescue organizations are “drowning in cats” that have been surrendered by owners because they can’t find pet-friendly housing, said Christy Moschopedis of FCM Community Cat Trappers. (Darren McDonald)
On the site of the new 60-unit supportive-housing project on Wednesday, April 20 are (from left) Kevin Mierau, president of Mierau Contractors; Daniel Marks, executive director of Kinghaven Peardonville House Society; Abbotsford-Mission MLA Pam Alexis and Mayor Henry Braun. ( John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Construction underway on 60-unit men’s supportive-housing project in Abbotsford

Third phase of development operated by Kinghaven Peardonville House Society

On the site of the new 60-unit supportive-housing project on Wednesday, April 20 are (from left) Kevin Mierau, president of Mierau Contractors; Daniel Marks, executive director of Kinghaven Peardonville House Society; Abbotsford-Mission MLA Pam Alexis and Mayor Henry Braun. ( John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Nearly 8,500 homes were declared vacant or underused in Vancouver after the submission deadline passed for the debut of the city’s empty homes tax. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver mayor aims to increase empty homes tax to fund affordable housing

Decision to triple the empty homes tax rate in 2020 has brought in about $32 million

Nearly 8,500 homes were declared vacant or underused in Vancouver after the submission deadline passed for the debut of the city’s empty homes tax. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A firefighter on a ladder truck directs water on a four-alarm fire burning at a single room occupancy (SRO) hotel, in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 11, 2022. Vancouver’s fire chief says some people remained unaccounted for as crews fought a fire inside a four-storey residential building in the city’s Gastown neighbourhood. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Officials working to find housing for 144 people displaced by fire in Vancouver

Buildings included housing for some of the city’s lowest-income residents

A firefighter on a ladder truck directs water on a four-alarm fire burning at a single room occupancy (SRO) hotel, in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 11, 2022. Vancouver’s fire chief says some people remained unaccounted for as crews fought a fire inside a four-storey residential building in the city’s Gastown neighbourhood. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A new supportive recovery facility for men has been approved for Mountview Street in central Abbotsford.

New supportive recovery house for men approved in Abbotsford

Facility located on Mountview Street near historic downtown core

A new supportive recovery facility for men has been approved for Mountview Street in central Abbotsford.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp says the annual pace of construction on new homes picked up in July. A worker is seen working on a construction project at UBC in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Budget 2022: Feds add measures to curb speculation as housing supply gets $10B boost

Plans rely heavily on cooperation with other levels of government and on the private sector

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp says the annual pace of construction on new homes picked up in July. A worker is seen working on a construction project at UBC in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Copies of the 2022 federal budget are seen in the media lockup, ahead of the tabling of the federal budget, in Ottawa, on Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Budget 2022: Liberals devote $4.3 billion to Indigenous housing needs

Budget also addresses ongoing search for unmarked graves at the former sites of residential schools

Copies of the 2022 federal budget are seen in the media lockup, ahead of the tabling of the federal budget, in Ottawa, on Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Abbotsford-Mission MLA Pam Alexis, Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and B.C. Housing Minister David Eby toured some of the city’s homeless camps on Friday, April 1 and discussed supportive housing. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

B.C.’s housing minister tours Abbotsford homeless camps, talks housing with mayor and MLA

David Eby visits Fraser Valley to hear about supportive housing projects

Abbotsford-Mission MLA Pam Alexis, Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and B.C. Housing Minister David Eby toured some of the city’s homeless camps on Friday, April 1 and discussed supportive housing. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
A tradesperson works on a balcony at a condo tower under construction, in Burnaby, B.C., on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The organization representing British Columbia’s municipal governments says resolving the province’s affordable housing crisis is more complex than just building more homes.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Housing minister, municipal governments at odds over B.C. housing supply report

UBCM report enough homes are being built to match the B.C. growing population raises Eby’s eyebrows

A tradesperson works on a balcony at a condo tower under construction, in Burnaby, B.C., on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The organization representing British Columbia’s municipal governments says resolving the province’s affordable housing crisis is more complex than just building more homes.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A new supportive recovery facility for men is planned for Mountview Street in central Abbotsford.

New supportive recovery facility for men planned in Abbotsford

Project on Mountview Street gets initial approval from council

A new supportive recovery facility for men is planned for Mountview Street in central Abbotsford.
Homelessness supports will remain for those sheltered during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Homelessness supports will remain for those sheltered during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Plans are underway to move the current Cole Starnes Residence on Riverside Road to another location to make way for a permanent supportive-housing building. An artist’s rendering of the new building is not yet available.

Plans underway to replace temporary Abbotsford shelter with 40-50 permanent homes

Temporary shelter on Riverside Road would be moved to another location

Plans are underway to move the current Cole Starnes Residence on Riverside Road to another location to make way for a permanent supportive-housing building. An artist’s rendering of the new building is not yet available.
The Canadian Real Estate Association reported that the national average home price hit $713,500 in December, up almost 18 per cent from the same month one year earlier. File photo

Canada’s housing ministers meet as MPs ready for more hearings on pace of price gains

Low mortgage rates and consumer demand for larger spaces outstripping supply

The Canadian Real Estate Association reported that the national average home price hit $713,500 in December, up almost 18 per cent from the same month one year earlier. File photo
This property located at 32288 King Road was the highest listed residential property in the 2022 BC Assessment at a value of $6,529,000. (YouTube photo)

Abbotsford’s top ten highest assessed residential properties

BC Assessment sees two local properties crack the $6 million mark

This property located at 32288 King Road was the highest listed residential property in the 2022 BC Assessment at a value of $6,529,000. (YouTube photo)
Cyrus Centre for at-risk youth is among the Abbotsford locations providing temporary-shelter spaces over the fall and winter. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford has 105 temporary and extreme-weather shelters for fall and winter

More shelters will be added when needed throughout the winter

Cyrus Centre for at-risk youth is among the Abbotsford locations providing temporary-shelter spaces over the fall and winter. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Langford developers have contributed to the city’s affordable housing fund with every rezoning request over the last five years. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. city promising select new homeowners up to 75% of their down payment

The city has earmarked $3 million in grants to help 250 families buy homes

Langford developers have contributed to the city’s affordable housing fund with every rezoning request over the last five years. (Black Press Media file photo)