New data: City approves record number of new homes in 2020

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Kennedy Stewart
May 07, 2021

Today, I am proud to report that Vancouver is making progress in tackling the housing crisis by approving a record number of new homes in 2020.

Just four years into our ambitious Housing Vancouver Strategy, and in the face of a highly challenging year, we have delivered nearly 40% of the housing strategy target to date, with 28,724 new homes approved. 

When I won the election in 2018, I committed to bending the market away from luxury condos. Now, for the 1st time in ten years, the majority of approvals are rental and social housing!

  • Over half (53%) of new housing approvals in 2020 were for purpose-built market rental and social housing, with approvals for these types of units doubling since 2019.
  • Over 350 new below-market rental units were approved in 2020, five times the amount in 2019.
  • Of the total rental approvals in 2020, 48% of units were approved under the Moderate Income Rental Pilot Program, delivering 928 market and 233 below-market rental units.
  • Increasing the supply of family-oriented housing: Half of all units approved from 2017-2020 have been family-oriented units with two or more bedrooms.

You can check out a formal breakdown of the numbers here.

Supporting families, renters, and those on low-moderate incomes is my top priority, and I will not stop working to make progress for as long as I am Mayor.

Thank you for your support.


Kennedy Stewart
Mayor of Vancouver

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