BC Housing works in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors, provincial health authorities and ministries, other levels of government and community groups to develop a range of housing options.
This diagram illustrates the housing continuum in the province and BC Housing’s contribution in 2015-2016
BC Housing is responsible for fulfilling the directives of the Minister Responsible for Housing’s yearly Mandate Letter. Our responsibilities related to social housing reflect an order-in-council under the Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing Act that established the British Columbia Housing Management Commission (BC Housing) in 1967. Our obligations related to strengthening consumer protection for new homebuyers and improving the quality of residential construction comes from the Homeowner Protection Act established in 1998.
The Provincial Rental Housing Corporation
We administer the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation, created in 1961. The Corporation holds property for social and other low-cost housing for British Columbia. For more information, read the Letter of Direction for 2016/17 to the Corporation from the Minister Responsible for Housing and the Corporation’s response to the Letter of Direction for 2015/16.
What we do
BC Housing develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options across the province. We work with the Ministry Responsible for Housing to address critical gaps across the housing continuum, which range from emergency shelter and rent assistance in the private market to affordable home ownership. We also license residential builders, administer Owner Builder Authorizations and carry out research and education that benefits the residential construction industry and consumers. We work with about 800 housing providers and help more than 104,000 households in 200 communities across British Columbia.
Who we serve
- Individuals who are homeless
- Individuals with disabilities
- Aboriginal individuals and families
- Women and children at risk of violence
- Low-income seniors and families
- Buyers of new homes
Housing Matters BC
The province developed Housing Matters BC to improve the lives of British Columbians facing housing challenges. While the strategy addresses the full housing continuum — from homelessness to home ownership — its main focus is ensuring that those most in need of help have improved access to housing and support. Housing Matters BC is the policy framework for BC Housing's programs and services.
Our Community Connections Program gives each BC Housing employee the opportunity to support community organizations through volunteering, donations and fundraising efforts. See Careers for more information.