Housing

A construction worker on a lift works on one of a series of condo buildings under construction on Langley's 200th Street in June, 2021. Thousands of units of housing are under construction in Langley City and Township. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

EDITORIAL: Housing affordability a no-win situation

Someone is going to get hurt no matter what happens

  • Oct 20, 2021

 

Langford developers have contributed to the city’s affordable housing fund with every rezoning request over the last five years. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. city promising select new homeowners up to 75% of their down payment

The city has earmarked $3 million in grants to help 250 families buy homes

 

The downtown Vancouver skyline is seen at sunset, as houses line a hillside in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Home sales across Metro Vancouver remained well above the 10-year average in September, but the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says prices haven’t climbed as sharply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Home demand still outstrips supply in Metro Vancouver but price hikes slow: report

Composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver just under $1.2 million

 

A new seniors housing facility is planned for the former Alberni District Secondary School site on Anderson Ave. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

‘Shovel-ready’ non-profit seniors’ housing coming to Port Alberni

Vancouver Resource Society purchases 2.5-acre lot from District Group

A new seniors housing facility is planned for the former Alberni District Secondary School site on Anderson Ave. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Kamal Sanghera of San Group of Companies discusses the concept behind the billion-dollar Pacific Mayfair Estates with Port Alberni mayor Sharie Minions on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The company announced plans for the housing development in their new Port Alberni headquarters. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

San Group unveils $1.1-billion housing plan for Port Alberni

Master planned community includes environmentally sensitive area

Kamal Sanghera of San Group of Companies discusses the concept behind the billion-dollar Pacific Mayfair Estates with Port Alberni mayor Sharie Minions on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The company announced plans for the housing development in their new Port Alberni headquarters. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Hamilton, Ont., on Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Real estate industry worried Liberal housing plan won’t alleviate supply issues

‘It’s like saying, ‘come on in my store it’s 100 per cent off, but I don’t have any inventory’

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Hamilton, Ont., on Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Mobile security gurard Judy Dreger has all she wants in her camper van, with lots of space for her buddies Dexter (left) and Raffi. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

#vanlife not just for influencers, says Colwood security guard

Overnight security plus a place to sleep a win-win for van dweller

Mobile security gurard Judy Dreger has all she wants in her camper van, with lots of space for her buddies Dexter (left) and Raffi. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Saving for a down payment on a Greater Victoria home could take residents close to three decades, according to the latest Housing Affordability Monitor report from the National Bank of Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Bank says it will take 28 years to save up a down payment for a Greater Victoria home

Study finds home ownership moving further out of reach for residents with average household income

Saving for a down payment on a Greater Victoria home could take residents close to three decades, according to the latest Housing Affordability Monitor report from the National Bank of Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
New homes are built in a housing construction development in the west end of Ottawa on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Parliament’s budget watchdog says the government is falling short of its aim of vastly expanding Canada’s affordable housing stock despite a spending ramp-up in the hundreds of millions of dollars. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s housing strategy having ‘limited’ impact on housing need, watchdog says

Government is falling short of its aim to vastly expand Canada’s affordable housing stock

New homes are built in a housing construction development in the west end of Ottawa on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Parliament’s budget watchdog says the government is falling short of its aim of vastly expanding Canada’s affordable housing stock despite a spending ramp-up in the hundreds of millions of dollars. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Students make a “tiny home” sign with their hands as part of the Tiny Home Challenge at John Paul II Catholic School. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni school hosts pilot tiny homes competition

Competition had help from hosts of Netflix series Tiny House Nation

Students make a “tiny home” sign with their hands as part of the Tiny Home Challenge at John Paul II Catholic School. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Victoria developer Chris Le Fevre purchased an empty parking lot in Port Alberni’s uptown and plans to create Woodwards Village, a housing development that will be an homage to a popular department store that once used the lot for parking. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Victoria developer sees housing potential in Port Alberni’s south side

Chris Le Fevre plans to convert former Woodward’s parking lot into homes

Victoria developer Chris Le Fevre purchased an empty parking lot in Port Alberni’s uptown and plans to create Woodwards Village, a housing development that will be an homage to a popular department store that once used the lot for parking. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Randy Brown, owner of Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue, has five trailers and a motorhome at the back of his property that he is renting to people who had been previously homeless. He wants to put 15 trailers on his property, hooked up to city sewer and water and BC Hydro. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

EDITORIAL: Time for Alberni govt’s to deal with RVs used as housing

Two examples show disadvantages of ‘permanent’ housing on wheels

Randy Brown, owner of Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue, has five trailers and a motorhome at the back of his property that he is renting to people who had been previously homeless. He wants to put 15 trailers on his property, hooked up to city sewer and water and BC Hydro. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The Nanaimo skyline. (Black Press Media files)

Looking for a new city to call home? Here are B.C.’s top 5 most affordable urban centres

Ranking considered affordability, economies and growing power for the cities

The Nanaimo skyline. (Black Press Media files)
New building developments, such as this one on Anderson Avenue, are popping up all over the Alberni Valley as the housing market continues to heat up. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

PROGRESS 2021: Port Alberni faces unique challenges with housing

Island city seen as one of the most desirable for homebuyers, but where does that leave residents

New building developments, such as this one on Anderson Avenue, are popping up all over the Alberni Valley as the housing market continues to heat up. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
John Anjo, founder/ director of Dwelltech, poses in front of his newest creation. The YOCTO is a 72 square foot tiny home with all the fixings. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)

VIDEO: Maple Ridge company builds remarkably tiny home

Dwelltech founder constructs 72 square foot home as passion project

John Anjo, founder/ director of Dwelltech, poses in front of his newest creation. The YOCTO is a 72 square foot tiny home with all the fixings. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)
The Huu-ay-aht First Nations have made housing one of their top priorities. A new housing development is being built in Anacla, with an estimated completion date of March 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATION)

PROGRESS 2021: Housing is a priority for central Island’s First Nations

Huu-ay-aht First Nations use multi-million-dollar grant for Anacla dwellings

The Huu-ay-aht First Nations have made housing one of their top priorities. A new housing development is being built in Anacla, with an estimated completion date of March 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATION)
Credit cards are displayed in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Equifax says the debt profile of Canadians has changed throughout the pandemic, with mortgages accounting for a larger portion of people’s debt. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Consumer debt driven by new mortgages, but credit card debt at six-year low

Potential exists that first-time homebuyers are starting to get priced out of the market

Credit cards are displayed in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Equifax says the debt profile of Canadians has changed throughout the pandemic, with mortgages accounting for a larger portion of people’s debt. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
The RBC Royal Bank of Canada logo is seen in Halifax on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

RBC CEO wants policy-makers to tackle lack of housing supply pushing up prices

New mortgage stress rules come into effect on June 1

The RBC Royal Bank of Canada logo is seen in Halifax on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
A worker checks to ensure his work is square at the Maitland Street Village low energy housing complex. (March 15, 2021) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Question of the Week: May 26, 2021

What kind of housing project would you like to see next in Port Alberni?

A worker checks to ensure his work is square at the Maitland Street Village low energy housing complex. (March 15, 2021) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The proposed seniors housing on Anderson Avenue. (SCREENSHOT)

City of Port Alberni approves seniors housing at old ADSS grounds

More than 100 units of seniors housing proposed

The proposed seniors housing on Anderson Avenue. (SCREENSHOT)