Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing

Affordability has been a growing concern in recent years as house prices have increased.

The May 2009 Affordable Housing Needs assessment first highlighted an unmet demand for affordable rental market housing for fixed income seniors and families. This study led to the creation of 34 new affordable housing units in 2015 adjacent to the community park. In 2009, when the housing needs assessment was completed, the average sale price of a home in the Parksville- Qualicum area was $369,4456, and home prices have increased by 50% since then. Income growth in Qualicum Beach has not kept pace with the price of housing, further exacerbating the affordability issue. The different rates of inflation for wages and housing is making it increasingly difficult to bridge the affordability gap.

Town policies support a collaborative approach to the development of housing. “The Town shall explore ways to work with community groups and senior levels of government to provide for the development of affordable housing, special needs housing, and rental housing. “ - Official Community Plan (OCP) S. 2.2.2 Residential - Policy 3

The Railway Lands offer the potential to provide affordable, medium density housing in a convenient location that is a short walk to the Uptown (commercial core). Increasing the diversity of housing is a priority in the 2019-2022 Council Strategic Plan, and the Town encourages a spectrum of housing choices and prices, from multi-family to single-family and secondary suites, from rural houses to village lofts, live/work accommodation, and from affordable to luxury.

To apply for housing contact BC Housing or email

The Project So Far

  • July 2023 - Ground Breaking Ceremony media release
  • March 2023 - Contractor to commence site preparation for Residences at Qualicum, Station. View the Media Release
  • Oct 2022 - Kiwanis applied for a building permit and it was approved approximately four weeks later.
  • June 2021 - Kiwanis Received Grant to Build Affordable Housing - here
  • May 2021 - Development Permit for 'Residences at Qualicum Station' was approved here
  • March 2021 - Affordable Housing Survey here
  • Jan 2021 - Zoning amendment for Kiwanis Housing was approved here
  • March 2020 - Lands on the corner of Railway & Village Way rezoned to accommodate affordable housing development.
  • 2019 - Housing Needs Assessment Survey
  • 2015 - 34 new affordable housing units adjacent to the community park
  • May 2009 - Affordable Housing Needs Assessment

2023 Project Updates

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