Housing Affordability Task Force

Task Force Action Plan Recommendations

"Make Victoria More Affordable” is a key objective in the City’s new strategic plan for focus and investment. In April 2015, City Council created the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability, comprised of citizens and community leaders with experience in planning, architecture, real estate development, anti-poverty and non-profit housing.

In consultation with the community, the Task Force developed an action plan, which consisted of recommendations to City Council on innovative housing policy solutions, including measures within municipal jurisdiction that will improve housing affordability and increase the supply of affordable housing units, which is defined as a unit that a household of low to moderate income can afford to live in.

Task Force action items that were approved by City Council formed the basis of the City's 2016-2025 Housing Strategy.

Background

Public input informed the recommendations of the Task Force on Housing Affordability that were presented to City Council for consideration on July 16, 2015.

The recommendations underwent an evaluative analysis by City staff, which was shared with Council for discussion at public workshops on October 23 and 26 in Council Chambers, and considered at the Planning and Land Use Committee and City Council meetings on October 29. These meetings were webcast live.

Public Input on Draft Recommendations

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft recommendations of the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability. In June, the Task Force invited the community to provide input on how the draft recommendations could be improved and what may be missing.

The community was invited to email their input to housing@victoria.ca by end of day Monday, June 15, 2015.

Thank you also to those who were able to attend the Task Force workshop on June 1 at City Hall, which was co-hosted by the City of Victoria, the Urban Development Institute and the Together Against Poverty Society. The workshop was webcast live and is available for viewing online

Task Force Members

The task force is chaired by Mayor Lisa Helps, and includes Councillor Ben Isitt and Councillor Jeremy Loveday, and the following community members:

  • Kathy Hogan, Urban Development Institute
  • Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute
  • Brenda McBain, Together Against Poverty Society
  • Yuka Kurokawa, Together Against Poverty Society
  • Marika Albert, Community Social Planning Council
  • Dylan Sherlock, Community Social Planning Council
  • Rob Bernhardt, Bernhardt Contracting (member at-large)
  • Leonard Cole, Urban Core Ventures (member at-large)
  • Franc D’Ambrosio, D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism (member at-large)
  • Don Elliott, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness (member at-large)
  • Peter de Hoog, de Hoog & Kierulf Architects (member at-large)
  • Dave Hutniak, LandlordBC (member at-large)
  • Gene Miller, New Landmarks (member at-large)
  • Kaye Melliship, Greater Victoria Housing Society (member at-large)
  • Jeff Dean, Victoria citizen (member at-large)
  • Bernice Kamano, Victoria citizen (member at-large)

Members of the Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability were appointed by City Council.

The City recently increased its funding contribution from $250,000 to $1 million this year towards its Victoria Housing Reserve.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the task force are below:

Presentation: Micro-Housing Community Development

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Micro-Housing Community Development presentation [PDF - 863 KB] on May 11 at City Hall.

Mark Lakeman, a world-renowned sustainable cities architect based in Portland, Oregon, and Andrew Heben, an urban planner, writer, and tiny house builder based in Eugene, Oregon, discussed micro-housing – "tiny house" community developments – as one possible answer to the problem of chronic homelessness in Greater Victoria. The presentation was webcast and can be viewed online.