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November 20, 2017 - 5:06 PM

Kelowna, like many other cities across Canada, faces unprecedented housing challenges.

As part of the Healthy City Strategy, the City of Kelowna recently completed a Housing Needs Assessment which identifies housing needs based on current and future trends.

“Kelowna, like many other cities across Canada, is facing rapidly escalating housing costs, extremely low rental vacancy and increased population growth,” says project manager, Michelle Kam. “What we hear from residents will help inform policy and future regulations to enable a healthy housing system for today and tomorrow.”

The next step is to build a Healthy Housing Strategy, which will include actions to positively impact the housing challenges in Kelowna.  As part of building the Strategy, the City would like residents to share their housing experiences. 

A survey is now available online at the City’s public engagement website, getinvolved.kelowna.ca, which asks residents about the state of housing today and priorities for the future.

Further, results from the 2017 Citizen Survey demonstrate that investment in housing is one of the top priorities identified by residents.

The housing survey is available until Jan. 15, 2018. Residents will have an opportunity to review the draft Healthy Housing Strategy in the spring once input from residents and stakeholders is completed and the Healthy Housing Strategy is developed.


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