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

  • June 2021 - Kiwanis Received Grant to Build Affordable Housing - here
  • March 2021 - Affordable Housing Survey for Railway & Village here
  • March 2021 - Development Permit submitted from Kiwanas to develop housing at Railway & Village Way
  • 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

Further Reading

  • Memo to Council re Railway & Village Way - March 3, 2021 - here
  • Plans for the proposed Affordable Housing Development February 25, 2021- here
  • Memo to Council re Railway & Village Way - March 11, 2020 - here
  • Frequently Asked Questions February 2020 - here
  • Public Information Notes - here
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