Parksville – Orca Place Supportive Housing

Project Overview

BC Housing, in partnership with the City of Parksville and Island Crisis Care Society, has built 52 new homes with supports at 222 Corfield Street South.

Project Rendering of 222 Corfield Street in Parksville BC
front view of Orca Place in Parksville
Date of Completion
Summer 2019

Process & Engagement

Small Group Information Sessions - June 2019

BC Housing held six small group information sessions from June 24 to 26, 2019, at the Parksville Community Centre. These sessions provided an opportunity to introduce community members to ICCS staff, to share more about the community advisory committee, and to answer any outstanding questions around operations. 

Parksville City Council Third Reading – July 4, 2018

City of Parksville News Release 

Parksville City Council Public Hearing – June 19, 2018

View the updated Schematic Design Package (May 17, 2018) for proposed supportive housing in Parksville.

Parksville City Council Meeting – May 7, 2018

Parksville City Council Rapid Response to Housing - Information Sheet

Open House – March 20, 2018

This meeting provided an opportunity for community members to learn about plans for proposed supportive housing in Parksville. Poster boards were on display and representatives from BC Housing, Island Crisis Care Society, Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness, and the City of Parksville were in attendance. Comments sent to (up to and including April 16) have been used to create a summary report.

Summary Report

This report includes a meeting summary, an analysis of comment sheets and emails received, and a written discussion on how issues and concerns (identified at the meeting and through comments) are addressed in the project or will be addressed through changes to the proposal.


About the Project

Orca Place, 52 new homes with supports for people experiencing homelessness in the Oceanside region, is now open at 222 Corfield Street South. Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) is managing the new housing, and staff are on site 24/7 providing support to the new residents. A community advisory committee established by ICCS will help integrate the building into the neighbourhood. BC Housing owns the building and funds operations.

A cold-weather shelter was located on the site before the City of Parksville purchased the land from the Regional District of Nanaimo; BC Housing is working with the City to determine a new location for a shelter in Parksville.

ICCS and BC Housing worked with local service providers to select residents for Orca Place. Each applicant goes through a thoughtful and thorough assessment process to ensure that an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports live at Orca Place. Each resident is a person over the age of 19, who is homeless or at risk, and currently lives in the community. All residents pay rent and sign a program agreement. Oceanside residents are given priority.

There are a variety of support services in place to meet the needs of residents. All residents receive individualized case planning to further develop life and social skills such as employment planning and managing the transition to independence and recovery. Programming space is available to facilitate training and food preparation. Other services include outreach workers, wellness checks, and connection and referral to community services and support groups.

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