BC Builds adds more sites to fast-track housing for people with middle incomes (flickr.com)

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What people are saying about the new sites
Updated on April 30, 2024

Andrew Mercier, MLA for Langley —

“BC Builds is bringing all levels of government, the non-profit and private sector together to help address the housing crisis. We need to ensure that our middle-income professionals, such as nurses, teachers and construction workers, have affordable homes to live in the communities they call home.”

Eric Woodward, mayor of the Township of Langley —

“BC Builds represents a great opportunity for the Township of Langley to have more affordable housing within our community. With our new local housing authority, it has been great to prepare three initial sites to partner with the Province of B.C. in delivering affordable rental housing for residents and workers in our community that needs it.”

Steve Fairbairn, mayor of Elkford —

“Elkford is truly excited to partner on the BC Builds program. We have been setting the stage for cost-effective development in our growing downtown area for the past several years. BC Builds is a major opportunity to leverage these actions and get much-needed housing for middle-income earners built fast.”

Reid Hamer-Jackson, mayor of Kamloops —

“The City of Kamloops is excited to work with BC Builds to realize more attainable housing in our community. This is another step toward the realization of the North Shore Neighbourhood Plan and underscores the council’s commitment to increasing the inventory of diverse housing options and facilitating more opportunities for residents to access housing.”

Tom Dyas, mayor of Kelowna —

“As an early adopter of pre-zoning urban centre locations for multi-unit residential development, the City of Kelowna is very pleased to see this municipally owned property receive support from BC Builds. Helping middle income residents secure housing they can afford in the areas where they live and work is key as our city continues to evolve. This is yet another example of the council’s commitment to enabling development to meet the housing needs in one of Canada’s fastest growing communities.” 

Rob Douglas, mayor of North Cowichan —

“We are glad to see that the process is underway, which will produce this much-needed and long-planned rental housing for Chemainus. This development will be close to key amenities and will be a step toward addressing our local affordable housing needs for middle income households, providing new rental housing with at least 20% of units below market rents.”

Maja Tait, mayor of Sooke —

“This marks another milestone in our journey toward realizing an integrated health centre for Sooke, where homes and essential services converge to meet the needs of our growing community. Together, we're forging a path toward a stronger, more inclusive future, ensuring vital services are within reach, right here at home.”

Opreet Kang, executive director, Urban Land Institute BC (ULI BC) —

“As a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting best practices in land use and urban development, ULI BC looks forward to bringing together our members, including – who include all variety of individuals and organizations involved in provisioning housing – to learn how to leverage these new opportunities from BC Builds. Given the urgency of addressing B.C.’s housing needs, fostering collaborative partnerships is paramount. BC Builds is actively facilitating connections to accelerate home construction within communities, contributing to meaningful progress for middle-income people.”