Senior’s Housing Needs Assessment

More and more Canadians are choosing Victoria as a retirement destination and according to the City's Official Community Plan, over the next 30 years the population over the age of 65 in the region is expected to significantly increase. Of the 18,555 individuals who migrated to Victoria between 2006 and 2011, over 50% were over the age of 55 years.

Recognizing the growing number of seniors and the reality that housing is one of the largest social issues facing the City’s rapidly aging population, the City is working with City Spaces Consulting to complete an analysis of specific needs related to housing and housing-related support services for an aging population.

The study’s main objective is to gain a better understanding of the current and future housing needs of an aging population in Victoria along with the services necessary to support those wishing to retire in the city.

Several focus groups and interviews are taking place in early December with the following key groups:

  • Victoria residents over the age of 55        
  • Support service providers ·        
  • Housing providers        
  • The development community ·        
  • Representatives of other levels of government

Findings from this study will identify areas and priorities for the City to consider with respect to potential changes to existing policies, programs or regulations that address the housing and support needs of Victoria’s aging residents. 

Funding for the study was provided awarded by a grant from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities through the Provincial Ministry of Health. The results of this study and recommendations related to changes to policy, programs or regulations will be presented to Council for consideration in early 2015.