New Provincial Housing Legislation Updates


How New Provincial Housing Legislation is Unfolding in the City

The Provincial Government has enacted new legislation aimed at increasing the supply of housing within BC. This includes legislation on Transit-Oriented Areas, Short-term Rentals, Development Financing Tools and enabling Small-Scale Multi-Unit housing units on most single-family and duplex zoned lots in the province. This legislation was adopted in November 2023 and is now in effect; however, the City’s regulations will need to be changed to align with the legislation.  


What This Means to You

If you have an active development application and wish to discuss what these changes mean to your project, please contact your Planning File Manager directly or email the Planning department at


Timelines of City Actions

The City will be undertaking updates to the Zoning Bylaw and other related regulations, policies and guidelines to meet the Province’s prescribed timelines:  

  • June 30, 2024 – Updates to bylaws and regulations for Small-Scale Multi-Unit and Transit-Oriented Areas 
  • January 1, 2025 – Development of an Interim Housing Needs Report, estimating housing needs for a 20 year timeframe, to be completed by the City in accordance with new Provincial standards
  • December 31, 2025 – Updates to Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaws to align with the finalized Housing Needs Report

Provincial Resources

The Province has released Policy Manuals for Transit-Oriented Areas, Short-term Rentals and Small-Scale Multi-Units to provide further information to municipalities and these are currently being reviewed by staff.  Information on Development Financing tools is anticipated in early 2024. 

To learn more about the Province of BC’s housing initiatives, please visit the following websites: 

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