Housing Strategy

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The Affordable Housing Strategy has been adopted by City Council.   Thank you for your feedback on this project!

In 2020, Abbotsford City Council adopted the Affordable Housing Strategy which guides the City’s investment in and decisions about affordable housing in Abbotsford.

The 2016 update to Abbotsford’s OCP set out a vision for a future city of 200,000 people and identifies key aspirations that underpin the overarching vision statement – which reads as follows: Abbotsford is a city of distinct and increasingly complete nieghbourhoods rich with public life. Our compact urban area is anchored by a thriving City Centre and surrounded by remarkable natural areas and flourishing agricultural lands. We are diverse, inclusive and connected. We are green prosperous and healthy. We are a vibrant and beautiful community.

One of these key aspirations is that the City have more affordable ownership, rental, and supported housing including a variety of housing types for all stages of life, allowing people to stay in their neighbourhoods as they age. This aspirational statement sets the direction for specific actions, policies and measures that the City can take with regards to diverse and affordable housing options.

The Affordable Housing Strategy updates identifies potential actions and tasks that could be undertaken by the City and its partners over the next five years, in order to build on current and emerging funding programs from both provincial and federal governments. With substantive changes in capital funding available both through the Province of British Columbia and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in the last two to three years, a five-year time frame was selected to ensure that Abbotsford remains responsive to potential changes in funding priorities from senior government.

View more details about the Affordable Housing Strategy on our website.

In 2020, Abbotsford City Council adopted the Affordable Housing Strategy which guides the City’s investment in and decisions about affordable housing in Abbotsford.

The 2016 update to Abbotsford’s OCP set out a vision for a future city of 200,000 people and identifies key aspirations that underpin the overarching vision statement – which reads as follows: Abbotsford is a city of distinct and increasingly complete nieghbourhoods rich with public life. Our compact urban area is anchored by a thriving City Centre and surrounded by remarkable natural areas and flourishing agricultural lands. We are diverse, inclusive and connected. We are green prosperous and healthy. We are a vibrant and beautiful community.

One of these key aspirations is that the City have more affordable ownership, rental, and supported housing including a variety of housing types for all stages of life, allowing people to stay in their neighbourhoods as they age. This aspirational statement sets the direction for specific actions, policies and measures that the City can take with regards to diverse and affordable housing options.

The Affordable Housing Strategy updates identifies potential actions and tasks that could be undertaken by the City and its partners over the next five years, in order to build on current and emerging funding programs from both provincial and federal governments. With substantive changes in capital funding available both through the Province of British Columbia and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in the last two to three years, a five-year time frame was selected to ensure that Abbotsford remains responsive to potential changes in funding priorities from senior government.

View more details about the Affordable Housing Strategy on our website.

The Affordable Housing Strategy has been adopted by City Council.   Thank you for your feedback on this project!

  • New Abbotsford firehall could include affordable housing

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    about 1 year ago

    Abbotsford considering replicating housing/firehall projects being built in Vancouver and elsewhere.

    Article posted Febraury 2, 2019 by Abbotsford News.

    Abbotsford considering replicating housing/firehall projects being built in Vancouver and elsewhere.

    Article posted Febraury 2, 2019 by Abbotsford News.

  • BC Housing - Rapid Response to Homelessness

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    about 1 year ago

    The Province is investing $291 million to build over 2,000 modular supportive housing units across B.C. for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This initiative will deliver a mix of permanent and temporary units and is a response to the growing issue of homelessness in communities throughout B.C. People living on the street and those in shelters will get priority for this initiative.

    The Province is investing $291 million to build over 2,000 modular supportive housing units across B.C. for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This initiative will deliver a mix of permanent and temporary units and is a response to the growing issue of homelessness in communities throughout B.C. People living on the street and those in shelters will get priority for this initiative.

  • Vacancies remain low as rents rise in B.C.

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    about 1 year ago

    B.C. has second lowest provincial vacancy rate in Canada. Posted November 28, 2018.

    B.C. has second lowest provincial vacancy rate in Canada. Posted November 28, 2018.

  • Abbotsford modular housing for homeless agreement set for council approval

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    about 1 year ago

    Agreement with service providers sets stage for construction of two new buildings promised in March. Posted August 27, 2018.

    Agreement with service providers sets stage for construction of two new buildings promised in March. Posted August 27, 2018.

  • Abbotsford mayor ‘cautiously optimistic’ for federal homeless fund application

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    about 1 year ago

    Designated community status would provide $1-3 million per year in funding to fight homelessness

    Designated community status would provide $1-3 million per year in funding to fight homelessness