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Investments in Affordable Housing

BC Housing works with government, local communities, the private sector and non-profit partners to address housing needs across British Columbia.

Provincial Investment in Affordable Housing (PIAH)

The Provincial Investment in Affordable Housing program is a commitment of $355 million to create more than 2,000 affordable rental housing units in British Columbia. The investment will be distributed over five years:

  • $50M - 2016-2017
  • $50M - 2017-2018
  • $75M - 2018-2019
  • $90M - 2019-2020
  • $90M - 2020-2021

As of Nov. 22, 2016, a total of 15 projects (493 units) have been approved, representing a $79 million investment. The PIAH program will increase the number of affordable rental housing options across the province for people with low to moderate incomes.

Investment in Housing Innovation (IHI)

On September 19, 2016, the Province announced their commitment to the creation of 2,900 new units of affordable rental housing through a $500 million investment. Eligible proposals received through the Provincial Investment in Affordable Housing proposal call and through the Community Partnership Initiatives (CPI) were considered.

Approved projects

The Affordable Rental Housing Map provides an overview of approved projects by community and target client group. This includes projects funded by the Provincial Investment in Affordable Housing program, and the Investment in Housing Innovation program.

Provincial Investment in Affordable Housing – Indigenous Housing

The Provincial Investment in Affordable Housing (PIAH) program is a commitment of $355 million to create more than 2,000 affordable rental housing units in B.C. The Province has earmarked $50 million of this investment for Indigenous housing.

Expressions of Interest (EOI)

BC Housing has issued a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to Indigenous housing providers and municipalities partnering with Indigenous housing providers interested in creating new affordable rental housing units for low to moderate income Indigenous households living off-reserve within the province of British Columbia. Indigenous housing providers may also partner with other organizations such as the private sector or other community groups to strengthen their proposed project. Submissions that include a social equity component that enriches the community and/or residents are highly encouraged.

Non-profits and municipalities can access the EOI on MERX Canadian Public Tenders.

Respondents had to submit their information online via MERX by Sept. 19, 2016. Responses had to be submitted electronically through MERX, the electronic tendering system used by BC Housing.

Further queries

No further questions were received and no changes will be made to the Expression of Interest, therefore an addendum was not issued. However, please continue to email any queries to piah@bchousing.org.

Information meetings

Interested proponents can find out more about the EOI by participating in one of the following in-person information sessions. RSVP to piah@bchousing.org indicating which session you would like to attend.