The Capital Regional District (CRD) is committed to developing a coordinated approach to increase the supply of affordable housing within the region and address the housing needs of our most vulnerable citizens. As part of that commitment, the CRD shares planning expertise and engages in research to support effective decision-making at the local and regional level.
Regional Housing Affordability Strategy
The CRD’s Regional Housing Affordability Strategy provides a framework for addressing challenges and supporting a collaborative regional approach to creating a healthy sustainable housing system – one that supports safe and complete communities and that provides the ability to create a shared regional response to issues of housing affordability and homelessness.
2018 Greater Victoria Point-in-Time Count: The Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria (CSPC) coordinated its second one-day Point-in-Time Count of homeless people in the region on March 15, 2018. The Count was made possible through funding from the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The CRD, as the Community Entity responsible for managing the HPS program, contracted with the CSPC to complete the Count and compile the results.
Housing Data Book and Gap Analysis: The CRD engages in research and analysis to support effective planning at both the regional and local level. Data related to local incomes, housing costs and availability helps support the identification of priorities with respect to the development of affordable housing in the various areas of the region. One key source of information is the Housing Data Book and Gap Analysis. The Data Book is a key source of regional and municipal level data on the housing stock, trends, market conditions, tenure, income and needs. Introduced in 2015, the Data Book will be updated periodically, as information becomes available, and will be used as a key information source in monitoring and updating the Regional Housing Affordability Strategy.
Housing Needs Assessments: The CRD has supported the completion of two housing needs assessments in the region, one for the communities of the Saanich Peninsula and the other for the Southern Gulf Islands. The reports present a summary of the relevant quantitative and qualitative data needed to support the development of affordable housing in the communities unique to these areas. .