Role of government

Last updated on December 8, 2022

Making sure there's enough affordable housing in B.C. is a joint responsibility across all levels of government. Here's an overview of what the different levels of government do with respect to housing.

Local governments

  • Adopting growth strategies and plans that encourage affordable housing units
  • Nurturing a regulatory environment that's "housing-friendly" by allowing secondary suites or promoting increased density and housing options
  • Providing pre-zoned land for development and higher-density transit
  • Offering property tax incentives and targeted reductions to build or renovate affordable housing
  • Streamlining development approval processes

First Nations

First Nations governments provide housing for Indigenous Peoples in many areas of the province.

Provincial government

  • Addressing housing affordability through a strategic housing action plan
  • Regulates real estate development / marketing, home warranty insurance on new homes, landlord-tenant agreements, land use planning and development finance
  • Provides the legislative framework for strata housing and strata developments
  • Invests in public transit
  • Partners with local governments, non-profit agencies and housing stakeholders through BC Housing, a crown corporation.
  • Funds social housing programs and projects
  • Maintains the BC Building Code, creating efficiencies so that it's easier to approve options such as secondary suites
  • Develop uniform technical standards that simplify building code compliance

Federal government

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