Housing

An aerial view of Townley Place, the Greater Victoria Housing Society’s newest development in Saanich. (Greatervichousing.org/YouTube)

Affordable housing project celebrated in Saanich neighbourhood

64-unit Townley Place providing mix of housing types

 

Among the discussions on the impending secondary suite policy for Oak Bay includes potential parking requirements on street and off. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Active transportation support negates parking in Oak Bay’s developing suite policy

District is on track to implement suites policy by September

 

The yellow zones currently only allow for single-family dwellings. The missing middle initiative looks to change that. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)

Coming Victoria motion looks to reverse missing middle timeline delays

Housing minister, advocate voice how the housing initiative is needed

 

Attorney General David Eby on May 30, 2022, in Victoria at the announcement of the redevelopment of Michigan Square. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

97-unit affordable facility to replace water-damaged Victoria apartments

Michigan Square redevelopment in James Bay aiming for 2023 completion

Attorney General David Eby on May 30, 2022, in Victoria at the announcement of the redevelopment of Michigan Square. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Sara Neely, director of philanthropic services for Victoria Foundation, donors Carole and Clint Forster, Dan Greco, president of Anawim Companions Society, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, and Melanie Ransom, director of communications and engagement with Aryze Developments, are seen at a groundbreaking ceremony May 17 for Anawim’s upcoming Women’s House. (Courtesy of Anawim Companions Society)

Construction starts on home for at-risk women in Victoria

The Anawim Companion Society started work May 17 on the new facility

Sara Neely, director of philanthropic services for Victoria Foundation, donors Carole and Clint Forster, Dan Greco, president of Anawim Companions Society, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, and Melanie Ransom, director of communications and engagement with Aryze Developments, are seen at a groundbreaking ceremony May 17 for Anawim’s upcoming Women’s House. (Courtesy of Anawim Companions Society)
Less than one per cent of houses listed in B.C. cities as of the first week of May 2022 are priced below $200,000, according to real estate search portal Point2. (Black Press Media file photo)

Needle in a haystack: 3 homes listed for less than $200,000 in Greater Victoria

Less than 1% of homes in B.C. cities listed below $200,000, international real estate portal finds

Less than one per cent of houses listed in B.C. cities as of the first week of May 2022 are priced below $200,000, according to real estate search portal Point2. (Black Press Media file photo)
Less than one percent of houses listed in B.C. cities as of the first week of May 2022 are priced below $200,000, according to real estate search portal Point2. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Needle in a haystack: Less than 1% of homes in B.C. cities listed below $200,000

Zero homes under $200,000 exist in nine B.C. cities, international real estate portal finds

Less than one percent of houses listed in B.C. cities as of the first week of May 2022 are priced below $200,000, according to real estate search portal Point2. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Applications to build garden suites in yards behind single-family homes have kept Saanich staff busy. A potential change could see side and front yards included as allowable sites. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Garden suites in Saanich achieving housing option goals, mayor says

Nearly half of applications to build new suites, convert buildings approved to date

Applications to build garden suites in yards behind single-family homes have kept Saanich staff busy. A potential change could see side and front yards included as allowable sites. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
An aerial view of Central Saanich from the Saanich Inlet. (Black Press Media file photo)

Community care finds future doctor a home in Oak Bay

Victoria real estate analyst expects rents to increase 5 to 10%

An aerial view of Central Saanich from the Saanich Inlet. (Black Press Media file photo)
A plan to build seven multi-family rental units in the downtown core has moved forward after Sooke council approved a requested variance. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

New housing development for Sooke moves closer to fruition as council approves variance

One-storey cluster dwelling includes seven units, each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms

A plan to build seven multi-family rental units in the downtown core has moved forward after Sooke council approved a requested variance. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, calls for more affordable housing in the region to help keep it attractive for workers in the face of an aging workforce. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)

Saanich Peninsula Chamber executive director fears region could start losing companies

Al Smith says lack of housing threatens region’s economic future

Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, calls for more affordable housing in the region to help keep it attractive for workers in the face of an aging workforce. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)
New North Saanich residents James, his father Dwayne, mother Nancy with James’ emotional support animal Angel and brother Ryan were joined by former Habitat Victoria chief executive officer Yolanda Meijer and current Habitat Victoria CEO Colin Doylend during Friday’s key ceremony. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity Victoria)

New residents welcomed with fully accessible home in North Saanich

Habitat for Humanity Victoria home offers additional space for child with accessibility needs

New North Saanich residents James, his father Dwayne, mother Nancy with James’ emotional support animal Angel and brother Ryan were joined by former Habitat Victoria chief executive officer Yolanda Meijer and current Habitat Victoria CEO Colin Doylend during Friday’s key ceremony. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity Victoria)
Red dots show listed Greater Victoria properties on Airbnb, on the international tracking website Inside Airbnb. (insideairbnb.com/victoria)

Data project blames short-term rentals for strangling Victoria’s housing market

Greater Victoria has 3,156 Airbnb listings, with three hosts making up 128 listings

Red dots show listed Greater Victoria properties on Airbnb, on the international tracking website Inside Airbnb. (insideairbnb.com/victoria)
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
Alexander Kilpatrick and his family hope to stay in Greater Victoria after being issued notice to move out of their Oak Bay rental home. (Kilpatrick family photo)

Housing crunch, province-wide doctor shortage collide in Oak Bay

Future family physician questions whether living, opening practice is feasible in Greater Victoria

Alexander Kilpatrick and his family hope to stay in Greater Victoria after being issued notice to move out of their Oak Bay rental home. (Kilpatrick family 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)
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
During the 2022 budget announcement on April 7, Ottawa announced a two-year ban on foreign home purchases in Canada. (Black Press Media file photo)
During the 2022 budget announcement on April 7, Ottawa announced a two-year ban on foreign home purchases in Canada. (Black Press Media file photo)