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Community housing is an issue that affects us all. Whether you're a young person entering the workforce, a student living with roommates, a young family trying to buy your first home, a senior seeking space in a retirement home, or someone living in shelter after losing their job, housing is one of Burnaby’s most urgent challenges.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing was formed in January 2019 to explore strategies for improving housing affordability. Through Phases 1 and 2 of the Your Voice. Your Home. process, the Task Force engaged over 2,600 residents and stakeholders to identify issues and consider ways to improve housing affordability.

Following the success of the first two phases of Your Voice. Your Home., the City of Burnaby is extending the conversation into three new phases as we develop HOME: Burnaby’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy. This will be a comprehensive policy document that addresses challenges and opportunities across the entire housing system, including reducing homelessness, based on the Mayor's Task Force recommendations. The HOME strategy will identify specific action items and guide City decisions on housing for the next 10 years. It will be informed by a Housing Needs Report which will highlight the number and type of housing units that are needed in Burnaby now and into the future.

Thank you! 

Thank you to those who took the time to complete our survey. Your feedback will help us identify the draft goals and strategies for HOME: Burnaby’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy.

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Organizations whose work involves housing and related services in Burnaby will be contacted to participate in stakeholder consultation. If your organization or non-profit group in Burnaby has not yet been contacted about this project, please email:

Mayor's Task Force on Community Housing

Complete! Phases 1 & 2: Generating Ideas, Trade Offs and Solutions

HOME: Burnaby's Housing and Homelessness Strategy

We Are Here! Phase 3: Identifying Needs, Goals and Strategies 

In Phase 3, public and stakeholder input will shape the following: 

A draft Housing Needs Report: 

  • We are consulting with stakeholder organizations to identify the housing needs of specific population groups, including those currently or at risk of being homeless. 
  • This summer, a survey on housing needs will be distributed to stakeholder organizations and will be followed by virtual workshops with stakeholders. 

A draft of HOME: Burnaby’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy:

  • Stakeholder organizations and the public will be invited to review draft policy goals and strategies through a public survey and stakeholder discussions. These are scheduled for summer/fall 2020.
  • Stakeholder organizations and the public will have an opportunity to comment on the draft HOME strategy in the fall. 

On April 16, 2019, the province amended the Local Government Act to require all local governments to develop a Housing Needs Report by April 2022. Learn more »

On June 23, 2020, City Council endorsed the draft policy framework for the HOME strategy as a basis for public consultation. Learn more »

Phase 4: Strategy Development

In this phase, stakeholders will comment on the draft Housing Needs Report before it is finalized and HOME: Burnaby’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy will be drafted. 

Phase 5: Strategy Review

In the last phase, stakeholders, the public, and a reconvened Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing will review the draft HOME strategy before it is finalized.  

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The development of HOME: Burnaby’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy supports significant actions in This is Climate Action, a framework developed to guide how the City will put into action its commitment to be “carbon neutral” (no longer contributing to the carbon emissions that accelerate climate change) by 2050. As the City of Burnaby strives to become carbon neutral, HOME: Burnaby’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy will play a key role in helping us reach our climate goals and build a cleaner future. This strategy will support a number of Big Moves and quick start actions from Burnaby’s Climate Action Framework, including Big Move 2: Resilient Neighbourhoods, Big Move 6: Zero-Emission Buildings, and Big Move 7: Zero-Emission Building Retrofits.