Housing

During the 2022 budget announcement on April 7, Ottawa announced a two-year ban on foreign home purchases in Canada. (Black Press Media file photo)
During the 2022 budget announcement on April 7, Ottawa announced a two-year ban on foreign home purchases in Canada. (Black Press Media file photo)
View Royal council approved a development permit for a 234-unit rental project at the corner of Burnside and Helmcken roads at its Tuesday meeting. (Rendering courtesy of de Hoog & Kierulf Architects)

View Royal greenlights 234-unit rental project at Helmcken and Burnside roads

Design calls for mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units in three 5-storey buildings

View Royal council approved a development permit for a 234-unit rental project at the corner of Burnside and Helmcken roads at its Tuesday meeting. (Rendering courtesy of de Hoog & Kierulf Architects)
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp says the annual pace of construction on new homes picked up in July. A worker is seen working on a construction project at UBC in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Budget 2022: Feds add measures to curb speculation as housing supply gets $10B boost

Plans rely heavily on cooperation with other levels of government and on the private sector

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp says the annual pace of construction on new homes picked up in July. A worker is seen working on a construction project at UBC in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Copies of the 2022 federal budget are seen in the media lockup, ahead of the tabling of the federal budget, in Ottawa, on Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Budget 2022: Liberals devote $4.3 billion to Indigenous housing needs

Budget also addresses ongoing search for unmarked graves at the former sites of residential schools

Copies of the 2022 federal budget are seen in the media lockup, ahead of the tabling of the federal budget, in Ottawa, on Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Murray Rankin is the MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. (Courtesy of Murray Rankin’s office)

MLA REPORT: Addressing housing in Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Murray Rankin MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head The severity of today’s housing…

  • Mar 27, 2022
Murray Rankin is the MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. (Courtesy of Murray Rankin’s office)
A tradesperson works on a balcony at a condo tower under construction, in Burnaby, B.C., on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The organization representing British Columbia’s municipal governments says resolving the province’s affordable housing crisis is more complex than just building more homes.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Housing minister, municipal governments at odds over B.C. housing supply report

UBCM report enough homes are being built to match the B.C. growing population raises Eby’s eyebrows

A tradesperson works on a balcony at a condo tower under construction, in Burnaby, B.C., on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The organization representing British Columbia’s municipal governments says resolving the province’s affordable housing crisis is more complex than just building more homes.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Laketown Ranch is planning a large residential project on adjacent property. (CVRD graphic)
Laketown Ranch is planning a large residential project on adjacent property. (CVRD graphic)
Kim Colpman is director of property development for Large and Co. that hopes to develop 2326 Oak Bay Ave. The proposed four-storey, 14-unit condo was denied at Oak Bay council March 14. (Black Press Media file photo)

Proposed Quest development for Oak Bay Avenue denied rezoning

Narrow vote ends latest bid to develop single-family lot amid apartment buildings

Kim Colpman is director of property development for Large and Co. that hopes to develop 2326 Oak Bay Ave. The proposed four-storey, 14-unit condo was denied at Oak Bay council March 14. (Black Press Media file photo)
Two reports show vacancies are down while rental rates are rising around the region. Saanich’s vacancy rate dropped by more than half, from nine to four per cent, between 2011 and 2021, according to one report. Another shows that Greater Victoria rents are among the highest in the country. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich lands undesirable spot on national vacancy rate list

Municipality’s rate dropped most among Canada’s 150 largest cities and towns, 2011 to 2021

Two reports show vacancies are down while rental rates are rising around the region. Saanich’s vacancy rate dropped by more than half, from nine to four per cent, between 2011 and 2021, according to one report. Another shows that Greater Victoria rents are among the highest in the country. (Black Press Media file photo)
This rendering (looking northwest) shows the five-storey building proposed by Kothari Group for the corner of Beacon Avenue and Highway 17. (Courtesy Kothari Group)

Sidney councillors hear OCP criticism and park five-storey Pat Bay proposal

Public criticism of project focuses on height and traffic among other issues

This rendering (looking northwest) shows the five-storey building proposed by Kothari Group for the corner of Beacon Avenue and Highway 17. (Courtesy Kothari Group)
The owners of RidgeView Place, formerly known as Danbrook One, are looking to welcome residents again as soon as May 1, pending an occupancy permit being issued by the City of Langford. The building has sat empty since late 2019 due to structural defects. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Troubled Langford apartment block could see tenants again under new name

Owners of former Danbrook One list May 1 move-in date, but occupancy permit from city pending

The owners of RidgeView Place, formerly known as Danbrook One, are looking to welcome residents again as soon as May 1, pending an occupancy permit being issued by the City of Langford. The building has sat empty since late 2019 due to structural defects. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s recently released 2021 rental market report shows Greater Victoria aligned with the national rent price hike, with both up 3.1 per cent from 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Low vacancy rates, rising prices squeeze Greater Victorians out of appropriate residential rentals

National 2021 rental report gives insight into Capital Region demand, affordability

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s recently released 2021 rental market report shows Greater Victoria aligned with the national rent price hike, with both up 3.1 per cent from 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Homelessness supports will remain for those sheltered during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Homelessness supports will remain for those sheltered during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich council has approved 235 new rental units in two six-storey buildings in the Marigold neighbourhood of Central Saanich off Lochside Drive. (Rendering courtesy of Starlight Developments)

235-unit second phase of Marigold project to rise in Central Saanich near Hwy. 17 intersection

Central Saanich council also approved Phase 3 condominium/townhouse project for site

Central Saanich council has approved 235 new rental units in two six-storey buildings in the Marigold neighbourhood of Central Saanich off Lochside Drive. (Rendering courtesy of Starlight Developments)
Haven, a six-storey condominium project under construction at 1109 and 1115 Johnson St. will have units ranging from studio to three bedrooms, all of which will be reserved for families, seniors and individuals with middle incomes. (Proscenium Architecture/Chard Development)

Partnership aims to get middle-income earners into Victoria’s tight housing market

104 new units under construction in Johnson Street condo building

Haven, a six-storey condominium project under construction at 1109 and 1115 Johnson St. will have units ranging from studio to three bedrooms, all of which will be reserved for families, seniors and individuals with middle incomes. (Proscenium Architecture/Chard Development)
Oak Bay embarks on its first round of public consultation regarding infill housing this month. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Community photos, stories to help craft vision of future housing in Oak Bay

Public consultation includes photos, stories and walking tours

Oak Bay embarks on its first round of public consultation regarding infill housing this month. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
North Saanich council will consider a new motion by Coun. Patricia Pearson next week to move the Official Community Plan review forward after re-considering a previous motion to draft the OCP without housing and affordability. (Courtesy of Patricia Pearson)

Housing could return to North Saanich’s draft OCP

Motion to remove only most controversial housing topics to have further discussion next week

North Saanich council will consider a new motion by Coun. Patricia Pearson next week to move the Official Community Plan review forward after re-considering a previous motion to draft the OCP without housing and affordability. (Courtesy of Patricia Pearson)
Saanich’s housing strategy is moving forward with the approval of a four-year funding plan, approved unanimously at council’s Jan. 31 meeting. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich council commits cash to initiate action on improving housing access

Land capacity, purpose-built rental housing and centre, corridor and village plans prioritized

Saanich’s housing strategy is moving forward with the approval of a four-year funding plan, approved unanimously at council’s Jan. 31 meeting. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Victoria city council is looking for the province to fill in regulation gaps in the rental market. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria wants B.C. to regulate rent increases between tenancies

Uncontrolled price increases for vacant units are outpacing inflation in Greater Victoria

Victoria city council is looking for the province to fill in regulation gaps in the rental market. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich council will consider plans for the third phase of the Marigold development on Feb. 14, when it will also consider the more controversial second phase. (Marigold Lands/Submitted)

Central Saanich council consider second and third phase of Marigold development on Feb. 14

Third phase calls for six storey-condominium building and 14 townhouses

Central Saanich council will consider plans for the third phase of the Marigold development on Feb. 14, when it will also consider the more controversial second phase. (Marigold Lands/Submitted)
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