The City of Vancouver has unveiled a pilot project to boost the supply of affordable rental housing.

Mayor Gregor Robertson announced that the city hopes to use a zoning proposal to provide 1,000 affordable rental homes along the Cambie corridor.

The homes would be reserved for renters with household incomes between $30,000 and $80,000 and designated as “long-term affordable.”

To meet that benchmark, rents would be no more than 30 per cent of that income. Developers would receive a “density incentive” in exchange for meeting the city’s below-market affordability benchmark on 20 per cent of their units.

“All new rental rezoning projects must include at least 20 per cent affordable, low-income housing at rents below market,” said Robertson.

The pilot program will take place in the Oakridge Municipal Town Centre and will include a variety of housing including townhouses, low-rise, mid-rise and high-rises connecting to Oakridge Centre mall.

If the pilot project in the Oakridge area is expanded, Vancouver would be the first city in Canada to have a requirement where at least 20 per cent of rental units are available at below market rents.

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Last modified: July 24, 2017

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