Housing

The rapid pace of growth in B.C. urban centres like Langford, seen here in 2021 along the Peatt Road corridor, has prompted B.C.’s Urban Mayors Caucus to ask the federal government to consider releasing funds sooner that target projects that improve housing affordability and transportation. (Google Street View)

B.C. urban mayors ask feds to expand housing affordability, transportation funding

Caucus co-chair Lisa Helps of Victoria outlines list of B.C. requests in letter

 

Creating affordable housing in the Regional District of Central Okanagan is subject of new draft strategy proposed to regional board. (File photo) 
(Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Mixed reaction to Central Okanagan housing strategy

RDCO board: Strategy found short on specifics

 

Urban Development Institute chair Jon Stovell, right, speaks with moderator Luke Turri during UDI luncheon in Kelowna. (Phot0/Gary Barnes)

B.C. municipalities could be held accountable for meeting housing targets

‘This is something I thought I would never see in my life’

 

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
It’s going to take a while for supply to catch up with demand: Brendon Ogmundson, Chief Economist for BC Real Estate Association. (File photo)

Big drop in housing sales predicted for Central Okanagan

Economist expects prices will stay relatively flat

It’s going to take a while for supply to catch up with demand: Brendon Ogmundson, Chief Economist for BC Real Estate Association. (File photo)
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
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
New residential development under construction in Rutland at the corner of Highway 33 and Hollywood Road. (File photo/Barry Gerding/Black Press Media)

High housing demand likely to persist, Kelowna council hears

‘Kelowna remains a highly desirable place to live with a strong demand for housing’

New residential development under construction in Rutland at the corner of Highway 33 and Hollywood Road. (File photo/Barry Gerding/Black Press Media)
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)
Image features exterior metal sunshades that are dedicated to be an opportunity for indigenous art (Photo/GEC Architecture)

Additional student housing proposed for Okanagan University College

Building proposed for 860-1000 KLO Road

Image features exterior metal sunshades that are dedicated to be an opportunity for indigenous art (Photo/GEC Architecture)
Central Okanagan Poverty and Wellness Strategy (RDCO)

Rising cost of living pressures those in Central Okanagan in poverty

Many need support with managing housing, transportation, food, health, and recreation

Central Okanagan Poverty and Wellness Strategy (RDCO)
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
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
The B.C. government announced March 31, 2022, it has purchased the former Polson Park Motel in Vernon to provide 29 permanent homes for people experiencing homelessness. (Google Street View photo)

B.C. boosts Vernon’s affordable housing with motel purchase

With the purchase of the former Polson Park Motel, Vernon adds 29 units to its housing stock

The B.C. government announced March 31, 2022, it has purchased the former Polson Park Motel in Vernon to provide 29 permanent homes for people experiencing homelessness. (Google Street View photo)
Conceptual rendering Martin Avenue development (Photo/Lime Architecture)

New four-unit infill developments proposed to City of Kelowna staff

Infill developments to combat against urban sprawl

Conceptual rendering Martin Avenue development (Photo/Lime Architecture)
RNIP

North Okanagan residents open homes to immigrants

Gain a happy face around the house, some extra cash and help newcomers

RNIP
Site plan showing proposed development (Highstreet Ventures)

Kelowna-based company proposing 4 building residential development in Upper Mission

Company plans to build in Ponds development area between Frost Road and Gordon Drive

Site plan showing proposed development (Highstreet Ventures)
New Society of Hope Executive Director, Ken Zeitner, (File photo/Capital News)

Kelowna’s Society of Hope names new executive director

Ken Zeitner is currently the organization’s chief financial officer

New Society of Hope Executive Director, Ken Zeitner, (File photo/Capital News)
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