Prince George - A partnership involving BC Housing, Northern Health, and the City of Prince George

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Prince George City Council is holding a Public Hearing regarding the applications for rezoning and amendment to the Official Community Plan for 805/855 1st Avenue and 190 Ontario Street. The hearing is scheduled for Monday, February 24 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers of City Hall, 2nd floor, 1100 Patricia Boulevard, Prince George.

Residents are invited to provide comment in writing or in person.

Submissions in person

Residents can speak in person during the Public Hearing in Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor of City Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020. City of Prince George open Council meetings are public and may be televised, streamed live by webcast, recorded and archived on the City’s website for viewing by the public.

Submissions in writing

Written comments should be forwarded to the Corporate Officer by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2020, to be included in Council’s agenda package. Submissions received after this time will be provided to Council on the day of the public hearing for Council’s consideration. Submissions may be sent by email to cityclerk@princegeorge.ca, faxed to (250) 561-0183, mailed or delivered to the address noted below. Please note that written submissions for all applications will form part of the Council agenda, become public record and are posted on the City’s website.

For more information, please contact Development Services in person, by telephone at (250) 561-7611 or by email to devserv@princegeorge.ca

BC Housing, the City of Prince George and Northern Health are partnering to add affordable housing integrated with healthcare services to serve the community’s most vulnerable populations and improve downtown Prince George. This innovative housing-health project would provide up to 100 new, affordable, energy efficient homes with supports and services to help people recover and stay healthy.

The proposed location for the mixed-use development is at 805/855 1st Avenue, the current location of NR Motors. The City has an agreement with the NR Motors ownership to purchase the property, subject to rezoning, an amendment to the Official Community Plan, environmental and geotechnical review, and project approval.

The proposed concept includes ground-floor healthcare space in each building that would be accessible to both residents and the public. Northern Health, in partnership with other health service agencies, will be responsible for overseeing these spaces and providing primary care, harm reduction, and specialized mental health and substance-use services. This proposed project addresses recommendations in Northern Health’s 2017 downtown health services plan.

We welcome questions and input to communityrelations@bchousing.org or through the Q&A tool below.



Prince George City Council is holding a Public Hearing regarding the applications for rezoning and amendment to the Official Community Plan for 805/855 1st Avenue and 190 Ontario Street. The hearing is scheduled for Monday, February 24 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers of City Hall, 2nd floor, 1100 Patricia Boulevard, Prince George.

Residents are invited to provide comment in writing or in person.

Submissions in person

Residents can speak in person during the Public Hearing in Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor of City Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020. City of Prince George open Council meetings are public and may be televised, streamed live by webcast, recorded and archived on the City’s website for viewing by the public.

Submissions in writing

Written comments should be forwarded to the Corporate Officer by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2020, to be included in Council’s agenda package. Submissions received after this time will be provided to Council on the day of the public hearing for Council’s consideration. Submissions may be sent by email to cityclerk@princegeorge.ca, faxed to (250) 561-0183, mailed or delivered to the address noted below. Please note that written submissions for all applications will form part of the Council agenda, become public record and are posted on the City’s website.

For more information, please contact Development Services in person, by telephone at (250) 561-7611 or by email to devserv@princegeorge.ca

BC Housing, the City of Prince George and Northern Health are partnering to add affordable housing integrated with healthcare services to serve the community’s most vulnerable populations and improve downtown Prince George. This innovative housing-health project would provide up to 100 new, affordable, energy efficient homes with supports and services to help people recover and stay healthy.

The proposed location for the mixed-use development is at 805/855 1st Avenue, the current location of NR Motors. The City has an agreement with the NR Motors ownership to purchase the property, subject to rezoning, an amendment to the Official Community Plan, environmental and geotechnical review, and project approval.

The proposed concept includes ground-floor healthcare space in each building that would be accessible to both residents and the public. Northern Health, in partnership with other health service agencies, will be responsible for overseeing these spaces and providing primary care, harm reduction, and specialized mental health and substance-use services. This proposed project addresses recommendations in Northern Health’s 2017 downtown health services plan.

We welcome questions and input to communityrelations@bchousing.org or through the Q&A tool below.



CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Will these be wheelchair accessible?

    sophie asked 6 months ago

    BC Housing Design Guidelines require that between 5-12% of units in a housing project be designed for wheelchair accessibility, so that would mean 3-6 units would be accessible for both the proposed supportive and affordable rental housing buildings. In addition, common areas would be designed to allow universal access.

  • What will these residents "food system" look like?

    Del asked 6 months ago

    Evaluating existing food options was part of the Downtown Prince George Health Services Review done by Northern Health Authority. Access to food is an important consideration as we begin to discuss operational needs as part of the design proposal. The operator, who has not yet been selected, would be providing on-site meal services to residents on a daily basis.

  • My daughter is a tax payer on Henderson avenue in Pg and has asked more than once to have a curb where gutters already exist and has had no success and.you want us to support free housing for the homeless and low income , well I say she has worked hard to buy a small home and so did we , I’m sorry but it’s all about choices and they obviously made poor ones so I surely couldn’t support this project in any way shape or form

    Sharpinder asked 6 months ago

    The proposal for 1st Avenue is an integrated housing-health project that would include supportive housing, affordable rental housing and onsite clinic space. Residents of both the supportive housing and affordable rental housing would pay rent for their homes. 

  • Hello does this apply to me? I want to get into housing in BC with my two children ages 8and 2.5 I’m a single mother looking to relocate

    Minazane asked 6 months ago

    The affordable rental housing proposed for the second phase of this integrated housing-health project would be for low-to-moderate income Indigenous individuals and families. At this point, this is a proposal that is going through the municipal review process.

    BC Housing has a range of programs to provide housing assistance. This includes various subsidized housing options as well as rent supplements in which part of an individual’s rent is paid for by BC Housing. You can view this site to search housing listings in a specific area: https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/rental-housing/housing-listings or use the Program Finder to learn which programs you may be eligible for: https://programfinder.bchousing.org/programfinder/faces/start 

    Please phone the BC Housing Applicant Services at 1-800-257-7756 if you would like to discuss your options.

  • two questions: 1 - is there a plan to relocate any of the current shelters, injection site, and support services to this new location from downtown Prince George locations? 2 - What is the approximate count of how many citizens live in downtown shelters or on the streets of downtown.

    LM asked 6 months ago

    1. Northern Health is developing a plan for health services to ensure quality of health care services and to respond to the recommendations of the Downtown Health Services Review. We can confirm that the proposed location would deliver mental health, substance use, and primary care services for residents and the local community, through ground-floor health service space in each building.

    2. The 2018 Homeless Count identified 160 people experiencing homelessness in Prince George. 110 of these individuals were sheltered versus 50 unsheltered. This is not specific to the downtown area. To learn more about the 2018 Homeless Counts, visit www.bchousing.org/research-centre/housing-data/homeless-counts

  • Will ALL of the new units be wheelchair accessible? Many people are homeless because there is virtually no accessible housing in this community and addictions often occur because of despair. Anyone, with or without a disability, can use an accessible room, but people with disabilities can only use an accessible room.

    sarah asked 6 months ago

    BC Housing Design Guidelines require that between 5-12% of units in a housing project be designed for wheelchair accessibility, so that would mean 3-6 units would be accessible for both the proposed supportive and affordable rental housing buildings. In addition, common areas would be designed to allow universal access.

  • Do you have any housing available?

    Matthew asked 8 months ago

    BC Housing has a range of programs to provide housing assistance. This includes various subsidized housing options as well as rent supplements in which part of an individual’s rent is paid for by BC Housing. You can view this site to search housing listings in a specific area: https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/rental-housing/housing-listings(External link) 

    Or use the Program Finder to learn which programs you may be eligible for: https://programfinder.bchousing.org/programfinder/faces/start(External link) 

    Please phone the BC Housing Applicant Services at 1-800-257-7756 if you would like to discuss your options.

  • Is there any actions that regular citizens could take to help the project go forward?

    Erin asked 8 months ago

    Hi there – thank you for your support of this proposal. You can send an email of support to communityrelations@bchousing.org.

    We don’t currently have any community hearing dates planned but when we do, we’d love to see you there!


  • With all the property the city owns why is it necessary to spend taxpayer dollars on this piece of property?

    Maggie asked 9 months ago

    A downtown Prince George location was recommended in Northern Health’s 2017 downtown health services plan.(External link)

    The owners of NR Motors have purchased another site for the business and are interested in moving from their current location. This provided an opportunity for the City to acquire a large site in the vicinity of downtown that meets the needs of BC Housing and Northern Health, while providing space for future development.

    When considering locations for supportive and affordable rental housing, BC Housing looks for proximity to community services (commercial and recreational activities); reasonably close to transit; adequate lot size; connections to utilities; compatible land use policies. The goal is to successfully integrate this new housing into the community. Health services are a community-based care service. This model is safe and helps people remain integrated in their communities.

  • I can't recall NR Motors advertising for sale, how did purchasing that property come about?

    Maggie asked 9 months ago

    This property has not been purchased. The City has an accepted offer to purchase the property, subject to rezoning, environmental and geotechnical review, and project approval.


  • This area is filled with small family owned businesses who's income and retirement depend on property values. If this goes sideways and all our property values drop because of a project forced upon us, will you be willing to compensate us in any way?

    Maggie asked 9 months ago

    Many studies over the years illustrate that stereotypes about the impact of social housing are often unfounded and that appropriately designed and integrated social housing in a neighbourhood can actually increase residential property values. We have included a case study on the impact on property values in our Document Library.


  • In the past what success rate have you had for addicts trying to get clean or staying clean in a drug and crime infested area. Success is very unlikely in the same environment the addiction began. How will the project be so different when addicts are living together in the same environment?

    Maggie asked 9 months ago

    Supportive housing follows an evidence based and internationally demonstrated Housing First model, which aims to end chronic homelessness by first providing stable housing, and then working with the resident to promote recovery and well being. Supportive housing works to lessen the impact issues have by providing a safe environment where medical intervention is readily available. Building staff and partners like Northern Health provide ongoing guidance, encouragement and support to individuals living in supportive housing.

    Our experience is that once a person experiencing homelessness is housed, they are committed to taking this next step in their lives and they work hard to not lose their housing.

    It’s also important to note that substance use is often the result of experiencing homelessness.

  • This is a good idea but why would you pick a commercial area?

    Maggie asked 9 months ago

    BC Housing, the City of Prince George, and Northern Health are partnering on this proposal to improve downtown Prince George with the addition of more than 100 new affordable homes integrated with support and health care services to help the community’s most vulnerable populations to recover and stay healthy. This proposal would fulfill one of the initiatives at making downtown clean and safe for all, through the facilitation of partnerships enabling the development of housing with on-site health services including specialized mental health and substance use services.

    BC Housing looks for proximity to community services (commercial and recreational activities); reasonably close to transit; adequate lot size; connections to utilities; compatible land use policies. The goal is to successfully integrate new housing into the community. Health services are a community-based care service. This model is safe and helps people remain integrated in their communities.

  • What Aboriginal entities are involved as 80% of the homeless are of aboriginal decent?

    Maggie asked 9 months ago

    An operator has not been selected yet for the supportive housing or the affordable rental housing. As part of the selection process, consideration will be given to the fact that 80% of people experiencing homelessness in Prince George identify as Indigenous.


  • Have you contacted the local Gas Safety Branch to inquire if building 100 homes beside an existing propane bulk plant is within code?

    Maggie asked 9 months ago

    The City of Prince George is currently reviewing the land use application with consideration of surrounding land uses, including the neighbouring propane sales and servicing business. 

  • Why does the city feel they need to buy property when they already own plenty of land?

    Maggie asked 9 months ago

    A downtown Prince George location was recommended in Northern Health’s 2017 downtown health services plan.(External link)

    The owners of NR Motors have purchased another site for the business and are interested in moving from their current location. This provided an opportunity for the City to acquire a large site in the vicinity of downtown that meets the needs of BC Housing and Northern Health, while providing space for future development.

    When considering locations for supportive and affordable rental housing, BC Housing looks for proximity to community services (commercial and recreational activities); reasonably close to transit; adequate lot size; connections to utilities; compatible land use policies. The goal is to successfully integrate this new housing into the community. Health services are a community-based care service. This model is safe and helps people remain integrated in their communities.

  • Didn’t not make it to the event but want to give some input about food...which is a need that goes hand in hand with a roof over your head. Mental health and addiction services are important but someone who is hungry Ian not in a position to work on changing their lives. A friend and I were talking about this proposal and noting, as I have already seen mentioned elsewhere, that there are no grocery stores near by. Our thought was that any meal/food services provided should be connected to some type of training/work program for residents. There is lots of information about Community Kitchens where people pay a small a amount and then meet to shop, cook, eat and take home leftovers....for low cost and healthy meals. We talked about a little corner store with basic food items like milk, bread, pasta, rice, some tinned food... all in small quantities. Maybe even track down The Dollar Store Cookbook...just google it! Wishing this project every success (from a retired social worker and her nurse friend).

    BethQ asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your support of this proposal. Evaluating existing food options was part of the Downtown Prince George Health Services Review done by Northern Health Authority. We agree that access to food is an important consideration as we begin to discuss operational needs as part of the design proposal. The operator, who has not yet been selected, would be providing on-site meal services to residents on a daily basis.

  • During the Sept. 11, 2019 presentation the subject of downtown storage for the belongings of transient folks who have nowhere to place their personal belongings was addressed by the city of Prince George rep present. She said that a location openned last Friday in Prince George and that a second location was to open soon. This storage location is a wonderful idea. One that is successfully provided in San Diego, ca. Where is the storage area located???? When is it open?

    Interested asked 10 months ago

    The facility providing storage and access to a public washroom is located at 181 Quebec Street, and is the result of a partnership involving the City of Prince George, BC Housing, and the Prince George Native Friendship Centre.  The hours of operation are still being determined. A report on the initiative will be presented at a public meeting of Prince George City Council – this is currently planned for October 7.

  • Where is the funding for this project coming from? Will there be a increase in municipal property taxes?

    asked 10 months ago

    This proposed project is from the Framework Agreement between BC Housing, the City of Prince George and Northern Health. It’s our shared commitment to a ‘Housing First’ approach that recognizes people are better able to benefit from support and maintain stability in their lives if they are housed.

    BC Housing and Northern Health are provincial organizations that are funded by the Government of BC. The City of Prince George would provide land for the development and lead the rezoning process. BC Housing would lead the design and construction of the supportive and affordable homes and oversee operation of the housing units once construction is complete. Northern Health would oversee the delivery of primary and community-care health services, as well as mental health and harm reduction services, within the health services spaces constructed by BC Housing. Funding will flow from each organization, exact dollars have not been determined yet.

    The funds to acquire the site will not come from an increase in municipal property taxes.

  • Hello, I am wondering if any of these spaces will be available for people that are on your list for housing or is this more of a facility for homeless people? I am an advocate for a person who never seems to be considered for bc housing she is disability (MS and Blind) but only 53 currently only the Hart Haven would be suitable(no stairs and direct access to outside without hallways and elevators)and she has been on the list since MARCH 2017. She has submitted additional documents from Doctors and the Active Support for Women and Children. I am very worried that she can not afford life ( and is losing hope of affordable housing) her income is CPP D 1300 a month and her current rent ( in a very unsafe trailer) is 790.00. winter is coming and yet no BC HOUSING. I have maintained her on your list since 2017 and each time a new housing opportunity opens in PG it has been targeted for other groups like aboriginal housing supportive housing, transitional housing etc. . I am just wondering who will be offered these new housing opportunities? She is unable to attend tonight as the information was only located in today's PG Citizen and this has not allowed enough time to plan for handy Dart to pick her up.

    concerned advocate asked 10 months ago

    Sorry to hear of your client’s challenges accessing affordable housing. For too long too many British Columbians have struggled to find affordable, safe, stable housing. Projects like this one would provide vital homes for those that need them most. This innovative housing-health project would provide up to 100 new, affordable, energy efficient homes with supports and services to help people recover and stay healthy. 

    Currently, this proposal is in the preliminary stage of planning. The site (the current location of NR Motors) needs to be rezoned by the City for the project to proceed; the rezoning process is expected to begin this fall. BC Housing will determine operational details, including resident eligibility details, if the proposal is approved.

  • what about mental health and drug addictions. any idea if funding will be available from the provincial or federal government for programs for these specific types of issues. our downtown street population is overrun with these problems. just housing alone will not be enough.

    Sasha asked 10 months ago

    We agree that an integrated solution is needed downtown. This proposal is not for housing alone – it is for housing with on-site supports, as well as healthcare space. Northern Health would be responsible for overseeing these spaces and providing primary care, harm reduction, and specialized mental health and substance-use services. This project addresses recommendations in Northern Health’s 2017 downtown health services plan.

  • I thought we were trying to revitalize and clean up downtown. Why are we building there? Is there not a better alternative away from the downtown core?

    Concerned asked 10 months ago

    BC Housing, the City of Prince George, and Northern Health are partnering on this proposal to improve downtown Prince George with the addition of more than 100 new affordable homes integrated with support and health care services to help the community’s most vulnerable populations to recover and stay healthy. This proposal would fulfill one of the initiatives at making downtown clean and safe for all, through the facilitation of partnerships enabling the development of housing with on-site health services including specialized mental health and substance use services. A downtown Prince George location was recommended in Northern Health’s 2017 downtown health services plan. The plan builds on the Province’s “Housing First” approach that recognizes the importance of housing stability to health and community vitality.

    The owners of NR Motors have purchased another site for the business and are interested in moving from their current location. This provided an opportunity for the City to acquire a large site in the vicinity of downtown that meets the needs of BC Housing and Northern Health, while providing space for future development. The City has an accepted offer to purchase the property, subject to rezoning, environmental and geotechnical review, and project approval. The location is proposed – it is not confirmed. There will be upcoming opportunities for the community provide input through the municipal rezoning process.

    However, we can confirm that when considering locations for supportive and affordable rental housing, BC Housing looks for proximity to community services (commercial and recreational activities); reasonably close to transit; adequate lot size; connections to utilities; compatible land use policies. The goal is to successfully integrate new housing into the community. Health services are a community-based care service. This model is safe and helps people remain integrated in their communities.

  • 1. How will residents be able to apply for these housing services? Will it be on a case-by-case basis? 2. Will parking or bike lockers be provided or will they mainly rely on public transit and walking?

    cem457 asked 10 months ago

    First, we would like to clarify that this proposal is in the preliminary stage of planning, and will go through a municipal approvals process before proceeding.

     There would be two buildings on the site, the building that would contain supportive housing in phase one, and the building with affordable rental housing in phase two. BC Housing would determine operational details, including eligibility, if and when the proposal is approved. However, we can clarify the general application process for existing supportive housing and affordable rental housing.

     Applicants for supportive housing would go through a thorough assessment process to ensure an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports. Every potential resident would be considered on an individual basis to ensure that the housing and services provided by the program match the support services that they need, such as life-skills training, employment assistance, and help with accessing a range of social and health care services. Offers of tenancy would be made after BC Housing’s coordinated access team meets with agencies representing Outreach, Housing, RCMP and Northern Health to assess each applicant.

     Applicants for the affordable rental housing would apply to live in the affordable housing by completing BC Housing’s Online Housing Application or directly through the non-profit housing provider (who has not been selected yet.)

     As the this proposal is still in the preliminary stage of planning, site and building parking details are not determined. Consideration will be given to planning for appropriate parking and storage. Accessibility to transit and services is an important part of building successful new housing communities.

  • Interested in application process for the second phase.

    askan asked 11 months ago

    This proposal is in the preliminary stage of planning, and will go through a municipal approvals process before proceeding. 

    There would be two buildings on the site, the building that would contain supportive housing in phase one, and the building with affordable rental housing in phase two. 

    BC Housing would determine operational details, including eligibility, if and when the proposal is approved.