Housing Needs Report

The City of Port Coquitlam is developing a Housing Needs Report, to better understand your current and future housing needs, and help inform housing policy and action.

Housing needs reports identify existing and projected gaps in housing supply by collecting and analyzing data about local demographics, the economy, housing stock, and future growth and by listening to the perspectives of residents, businesses and housing stakeholders.

The final report will meet legislative requirements in British Columbia requiring local governments to prepare reports that describe current and projected housing needs. This report will also provide the foundation upon which future City housing policies and initiatives are based.

The survey allowed residents to share challenges and opportunities related to housing to ensure the Housing Need Report reflects the needs Port Coquitlam residents. It will also provide an opportunity to share ideas on solutions for these housing challenges and identify the housing options you would like to see.

The City is also reaching out to residents with lived experiences of housing vulnerability for their stories and consulting with a variety of stakeholders within the community.

Stay tuned for additional opportunities to share your ideas for addressing housing needs, following the creation of the Housing Needs Report.

Project Timeline

The City is listening to residents and stakeholders and gathering housing data through the spring. An online survey will be open to all residents, and the City will be gathering stories from people experiencing housing vulnerability on different parts of the housing continuum. We will also be reaching out to housing providers, employers, the development community, and other stakeholders.

The Housing Needs Report will be drafted over the summer and brought forward for Committee consideration in the fall of 2021.

The Housing Needs Report will then inform housing policy and action, such as

  • A rental policy review
  • A ground-oriented multi-family housing review

Stay tuned for additional opportunities to engage and share your ideas on finding solutions to housing needs.

Background

The Province of BC has passed legislation which requires local governments to collect data, analyze trends and present a comprehensive report that details current and future housing needs for each respective municipality. Municipalities and regional districts in B.C. are required to complete housing needs reports by April 2022 and every five years thereafter.

The City has received funding from the Union of BC Municipalities to create its first Housing Needs Report.

The City strives to meet Port Coquitlam’s current and future housing demands by providing an appropriate mix of housing types, location, tenure and price. The Housing Needs Report and subsequent implementation actions will build on other recent housing initiatives, such as:

  • Expediting review of non-market housing projects and providing other incentives to help bring these projects to fruition;
  • Adopting family-friendly housing policies to ensure that apartments include larger units and amenities appropriate for families;
  • Requiring that larger developments include a portion of non-market rental housing;
  • Allowing for coach houses as a new kind of ground-oriented housing for the community; and
  • Expanding opportunities for duplexes and smaller lots.

More information about the City’s housing initiatives can be found here.

Contact

Planning Division
Tel 604.927.5442
Email planning@portcoquitlam.ca

Location and Mailing Address

City Hall Annex, (beside City Hall)
200 – 2564 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam, BC
V3C 2A8

8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)