Nanaimo - Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build new housing

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We have exciting news about new housing for Nanaimo. The City of Nanaimo and BC Housing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build new housing in the community over the next few years.

This landmark MOU includes new developments proposed on six sites around the city. It includes three affordable rental buildings with approximately 125 homes for families and individuals. It also includes four purpose built permanent supportive housing developments with approximately 190 homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

This housing is needed to ensure some of Nanaimo’s most vulnerable people can access a basic and fundamental human right: housing. This partnership between the City and BC Housing is a commitment to act on housing needs in Nanaimo. Information on each site can be found on the project pages below.


We have exciting news about new housing for Nanaimo. The City of Nanaimo and BC Housing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build new housing in the community over the next few years.

This landmark MOU includes new developments proposed on six sites around the city. It includes three affordable rental buildings with approximately 125 homes for families and individuals. It also includes four purpose built permanent supportive housing developments with approximately 190 homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

This housing is needed to ensure some of Nanaimo’s most vulnerable people can access a basic and fundamental human right: housing. This partnership between the City and BC Housing is a commitment to act on housing needs in Nanaimo. Information on each site can be found on the project pages below.

  • 702 Nicol St.

    10 Jul 2020

    Current use: Vacant Lot, BC Housing-owned

    New use: Permanent Supportive Housing / Shelter

    Approximately 50 new homes + shelter space for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Requires Development and Building Permits.

  • 250 Terminal Ave.

    10 Jul 2020

    Current use: Temporary Supportive Housing, BC Housing-owned

    New use: Permanent Supportive Housing & Affordable Housing

    Approximately 50 new homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness; temp housing removed; approximately 40 future affordable rental housing. May require rezoning depending on siting of the buildings.

  • 285 Prideaux St.

    10 Jul 2020

    Current use: Community Services Building – Emergency Response Centre opening date TBC, City-owned

    New use: Permanent Supportive Housing

    Approximately 50 new homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness; community amenity space; Requires Demolition, Development and Building Permits.

  • 355 Nicol St.

    10 Jul 2020

    Current use: Shelter + Transitional Housing, BC Housing owned

    New use: Permanent Supportive Housing

    Approximately 40 new homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness; shelter & drop-in removed. Requires Demolition, Development & Building Permits.

  • 1425 Cranberry Ave.

    10 Jul 2020

    Current use: Vacant Lot, City-owned

    New use: Affordable Rental Housing

    Approximately 46 new affordable rental homes for families, seniors & people with disabilities. Requires Development & Building Permits. Requires rezoning.

  • 564 Fifth St, 502 & 505 Howard Ave (Te'tuxwtun)

    13 Jul 2020

    Current use: Mixed-use education, social housing, recreation

    New Use: Affordable Rental Housing with other uses

    New affordable rental homes; integration of education, culture, parks and recreation services; other community services such as health services and childcare (announced 2018).