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Burnaby pursues BC Housing partnership to build more than 1,300 units of non-market housing

The City of Burnaby is pursuing an ambitious partnership with the Province, through BC Housing, to increase non-market housing in this city by up to 25 per cent.

“New affordable housing for seniors, for families with children and more ¬— this is about ensuring Burnaby is a city with a place for everyone,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “During the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing process earlier this year, residents told us they wanted more affordable housing of all types. This initiative puts more of the task force recommendations into real action.”

BC Housing has expressed interest in developing a multi-year partnership with the City of Burnaby to develop new social, affordable and supportive housing in this city. Under the proposed partnership, the city would offer six sites for long-term lease to a non-profit housing society, non-profit housing co-operative or a government housing entity at a nominal fee. The city would also expedite approvals and cover the cost of permits and servicing through its Community Benefit Bonus Housing Fund. BC Housing would fund and finance the development of the projects and provide operating subsidies as required. It would also be responsible for managing the agreement with the operator to ensure ongoing affordability.

“Burnaby, like many communities across our province, has been deeply impacted by the housing crisis,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “It’s great to see the City of Burnaby taking a proactive approach to help people who are struggling to find an affordable place to live. We look forward to working in partnership with the city to build the right kind of housing for families and seniors throughout the community.”

Today, there are more than 5,600 units of non-market housing in Burnaby. The proposed partnership would deliver up to 1,300 new units, with the possible development of a further 218 affordable townhome units on the Bevan Lands (Stride and Bevan) property.

Once a partnership with BC Housing is secured, the city will rezone its properties and seek partnerships with non-profit developers. The city would apply for BC Housing project funding in 2020, with aim to have the first shovels in the ground in 2021. 

By entering into a partnership with BC Housing to develop non-market housing, the city is delivering on several recommendations made by the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing earlier this year.

The City of Burnaby’s goal is to develop a partnership with room to grow, adding more sites for development in the future.

Learn More:

For more information contact:
Mayor Mike Hurley

Johannes Schumann
Assistant Director, Planning and Building
Planning and Building
604-294-7288 |

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