Regional Housing Needs Assessment

Regional Housing Needs Assessment

The Regional District of Central Kootenay and its partner communities – Creston, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Salmo, Silverton, and Slocan – completed a Housing Needs Assessment in September 2020. Final reports are linked below:


Greater Creston & East Shore Kootenay Lake

North Kootenay Lake

Greater Nelson & West Arm Kootenay Lake

 Salmo River Valley

Slocan Valley

Greater Castlegar & Kootenay Columbia Rivers

Arrow Lakes

What is a Housing Needs Assessment

A Housing Needs Assessment is a report that describes current and anticipated housing needs in a community by collecting data, analyzing trends and speaking with community members. It is also a relatively recent requirement under the Local Government Statutes (Housing Needs Reports) Amendment Act, 2018 which requires Local Governments to develop a Housing Needs Report every five years to better inform and understand the kind of housing most needed in their communities by identifying existing and projected gaps in housing supply.

All housing needs reports are required to contain the following, based on an analysis of the information collected:

  • Statements about key areas of local need, including: affordable housing, rental housing, special needs housing, seniors housing, family housing, and shelters and housing for people at risk of homelessness
  • The number of housing units required to meet current and anticipated housing needs for at least the next five years, by housing type. Housing ‘type’ is defined as dwelling size (number of bedrooms)
  • The number and percentage of households in core housing need and extreme core housing need

For more information:

Project Timeline

This initiative launched in December 2019 and will conclude in September 30, 2020.


Thank you to our Project Supporters

Union of British Columbia Municipalities, City of Nelson, City of Castlegar, Town of Creston, Villages of Kaslo, Nakusp, New Denver, Silverton, Slocan and Salmo, Electoral Areas A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J and K, Yaqan Nukiy, Interior Health Authority, Canada Mortgage and Housing Association, Nelson Committee on Homelessness, Nelson CARES, Slocan Valley Senior’s Housing Society, Selkirk College Rural Development Institute and Cover Architecture

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