Housing is one of the biggest issues facing our community

Finding housing to rent or own is challenging for many people, including young families, working individuals and seniors. Businesses are also struggling to find staff because of a lack of affordable housing.

Below are links to many of the housing-related initiatives the City is involved in:

Victoria Housing Stats

  • Victoria's population grew from 63,800 in 1981 to 85,300 in 2016
  • 60% of Victoria households are rented (compared to 51% in Vancouver and 34% regionally) (CRD Housing Demand Estimates 2018)
  • The vacancy rate in Victoria remains very low at just 1.2% (CMHC Fall Rental Report 2018)
  • Affordable housing means housing that costs no more than 30% of household income before tax
  • The 2018 Point in Time count estimates that there are approximately 1,500 homeless people in the Region

Housing Reports

Annual housing reports include a compilation of housing data for the City of Victoria. The data comes from monthly reports of building permit issuance and is supplemented by data from the Victoria Real Estate Board and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).  Where possible, the data is broken down by neighbourhood and/or accompanied by previous year’s data for comparison.

For more information about recent home sales visit the Victoria Real Estate Board website.

For more analysis and research of local housing markets visit the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Assisted Housing

Assisted housing provides accommodation for eligible senior citizens, families and individuals. To qualify for assisted housing, applicants are assessed on the basis of need. In Victoria, assisted housing includes a variety of:

  • Self-contained rental units in apartments and townhouses for families, seniors and individuals
  • Co-op housing
  • Complex care facilities
  • Transition housing
  • Shelters
  • Youth housing
  • Supportive housing
  • Group homes

Assisted housing is managed by housing providers. The City of Victoria supports the work of these key housing providers:

Most assisted housing can be applied for through BC Housing

Links to Other Resources