Chilliwack is one of the fastest growing communities in British Columbia, creating challenges for housing availability and affordability. Residents are finding it increasingly difficult to afford rent or buy their first home – even with good paying jobs. As Chilliwack grows, these challenges will become more pronounced and affect more and more people within our community.
If we are going to continue to make Chilliwack a great place to live, we’ll need a housing strategy that keeps up with growth, provides diversity in the housing options available, and helps make different housing options more affordable.
“A strong community is one where people have a sense of inclusion and connectedness, where individuals do not feel isolated and where everyone knows their neighbours, whether in a subdivision or a condo tower”
Working with the development community and streamlining the City’s development process, we can better integrate smaller units and higher density into the planning process and allow these projects to be built on an accelerated timeline. With a comprehensive vision for the future, we are better able to provide transit closer to population centers, efficiently deliver community services, and support the development of affordable housing – all while decreasing cost.
An important part of this equation will be affordable housing, subsidized housing, and shelter bed style housing for our low income, fixed income and homeless populations. To better address these challenges, and to seize the opportunities that come with growth, we need to partner with agencies like BC Housing and provide options for those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.