More people will be commuting longer as they live further away from Kelowna to afford a house, according to the study (Photo by Don Bodger)

Sixty-thousand more people expected to move to the Central Okanagan by 2036: report

Study says population boom will put big pressures on housing stock, infrastructure

Sixty-thousand more people are expected to move to the Central Okanagan region by 2036, putting a lot of pressure on the city’s housing stock, according to a report from the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

According to the report, it will likely become even harder for people to find affordable long-term accomodations as more and more short-term rentals become the norm.

READ MORE: Average real estate prices in Kelowna jumped by 70 per cent between 2012-2018

“The Central Okanagan is experiencing unintended consequences of growth — a lack of suitable, affordable housing, notably for workforce, family, seniors, and low-income households,” said the report.

The assessment said transporation costs will be another financial burden for families as they buy homes further away from Kelowna.

“The combined costs of living are leading households to make trade-offs to afford housing,” said the report.

“For example, some households are choosing to live farther away to afford a new single-detached home, accepting the trade-off and financial burden of a longer commute.”

Adding to the pressures, the ongoing opioid crisis is expected to increase waitlists for affordable housing, putting more pressure on the government to provide affordable housing solutions.

“The opioid epidemic, with its rising substance use issues and associated complex needs, is absorbing the capacity of the non-profit housing sector (particularly shelter providers), leading to operational stress,” said the report.

“Central to this issue is the lack of supportive housing in the region to help individuals recover from their substance use issues and related trauma.”

Of those 60,000 new residents living in the Central Okanagan by 2036, 30,000 of those are expected to be seniors aged 65 or older.


@connortrembley
connor.trembley@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fiery collision involving truck closes Highway 1 at Three Valley Gap

Drivers should expect major delays and congestion; estimated time of re-opening is 2 p.m.

Westbank First Nation Grand Chief Noll Derriksan passes away

Derriksan was 79 at the time of his passing

Central Okanagan school superintendent addresses technology’s impact on students

Physical and mental well being for students key themes during Kevin Kaardal’s presentation

Lake Country approves 5.88 per cent property tax increase

The average home assessed at $711,000 will have to pay an extra $123 per year

Kelowna to introduce new strategy for community education about supportive housing

The model seeks to enhance community engagement, accessibility and transparency

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Tyler Toffoli scores twice, Canucks crush Bruins 9-3

Stecher, Miller each add three points for Vancouver

Zamboni driver, 42, earns NHL win over Maple Leafs

Emergency goalie called into action for Carolina Hurricanes

Governor general says multiple solutions needed for ‘complicated’ overdose issue

Julie Payette met at a fire hall with firefighters and police officers as well as politicians and health experts

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

‘Nothing surprises us anymore:’ U.S. border officials find brain in package

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment

Prolific offenders from Alberta lead RCMP on chase from Kelowna to Abbotsford

Men first reported in Chilliwack ending with allegedly stolen vehicle in an Abbotsford pond

Adapting to love along the Columbia River

One man starts a GoFundme to help his partner with health costs caused on the trip where they met

Most Read