Healthy Housing Strategy

Council approved a Healthy Housing Strategy, a five-year plan with 19 action items to help alleviate the challenges associated with finding affordable, secure and suitable housing. The includes recommendations to guide policies, regulations and programs to achieve housing options that are diverse, affordable and attainable. See https://www.kelowna.ca/our-community/planning-projects/current-planning-initiatives/healthy-city-strategy/healthy-housing for more information. 

Our Homes - Today & Tomorrow

The City of Kelowna and Interior Health Authority have partnered to develop a Healthy City Strategy, a long term, integrative plan that focuses on healthy places and spaces, community health, and quality of life for all Kelowna residents. The second theme area, Healthy Housing, is the focus in 2018.

Housing is on the tops of minds across the country. Kelowna, like many other cities across Canada, is facing rapidly escalating housing costs, extremely low rental vacancy and increased population growth.

In order to positively impact the housing challenges in Kelowna, a Healthy Housing Strategy has recently been drafted. This Strategy was built using significant research from the Housing Needs Assessment as well as engagement with the public and key stakeholders.

During the first phase of engagement we received insight into attitudes and challenges regarding housing, and heard some key highlights:

  • Affordability was the value that was ranked highest as a priority for the Healthy Housing Strategy, with stability and accessibility for all ages and abilities ranking close behind.
  • Residents are interested in a variety of housing forms and tenure to further improve Kelowna’s state of housing; and
  • The majority of respondents agreed that developers and government both play a role in providing affordable housing units to residents.

Residents were invited to join the City of Kelowna for an information session to discuss the proposed actions for the Healthy Housing Strategy, May 9 and had the opportunity to share input their via an online survey until May 14.

The proposed actions in detail can be found to the right under "Document Library".

Keep informed on the Healthy Housing Strategy by subscribing to e-Updates.

Our Homes - Today & Tomorrow

The City of Kelowna and Interior Health Authority have partnered to develop a Healthy City Strategy, a long term, integrative plan that focuses on healthy places and spaces, community health, and quality of life for all Kelowna residents. The second theme area, Healthy Housing, is the focus in 2018.

Housing is on the tops of minds across the country. Kelowna, like many other cities across Canada, is facing rapidly escalating housing costs, extremely low rental vacancy and increased population growth.

In order to positively impact the housing challenges in Kelowna, a Healthy Housing Strategy has recently been drafted. This Strategy was built using significant research from the Housing Needs Assessment as well as engagement with the public and key stakeholders.

During the first phase of engagement we received insight into attitudes and challenges regarding housing, and heard some key highlights:

  • Affordability was the value that was ranked highest as a priority for the Healthy Housing Strategy, with stability and accessibility for all ages and abilities ranking close behind.
  • Residents are interested in a variety of housing forms and tenure to further improve Kelowna’s state of housing; and
  • The majority of respondents agreed that developers and government both play a role in providing affordable housing units to residents.

Residents were invited to join the City of Kelowna for an information session to discuss the proposed actions for the Healthy Housing Strategy, May 9 and had the opportunity to share input their via an online survey until May 14.

The proposed actions in detail can be found to the right under "Document Library".

Keep informed on the Healthy Housing Strategy by subscribing to e-Updates.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Healthy Housing Survey

    The draft Healthy Housing Strategy includes four Key Directions required to make a positive impact on housing in Kelowna. Each Key Direction addresses helps target actions to where they are most needed.

    1.  Building the right supply. This includes increasing the diversity of housing forms and tenure to meet the needs of residents.

    2.  Promoting and protecting rental. With a rental vacancy rate of 0.2 per cent and prices on the rise in both the rental and ownership markets, promoting and protecting rental buildings is critical.

    3.  Improving housing affordability and

    The draft Healthy Housing Strategy includes four Key Directions required to make a positive impact on housing in Kelowna. Each Key Direction addresses helps target actions to where they are most needed.

    1.  Building the right supply. This includes increasing the diversity of housing forms and tenure to meet the needs of residents.

    2.  Promoting and protecting rental. With a rental vacancy rate of 0.2 per cent and prices on the rise in both the rental and ownership markets, promoting and protecting rental buildings is critical.

    3.  Improving housing affordability and reducing barriers for affordable housing.  Supporting the development of more affordable housing in Kelowna will include reducing regulatory barriers and creating incentives.  Addressing affordability also means that we need to include other key housing-related costs such as transportation and energy into planning decisions. 

    4.  Strengthening partnerships and alignment investments.  In order to tackle the housing challenges in Kelowna, it is important to strengthen partnerships and align investments.

    Housing Actions:

    Using the Key Directions as an overarching framework, this strategy has proposed a total of 20 actions. It order to address the complexity of the housing issue, it is important to provide a variety of actions, ranging from adjustments to existing regulations all the way to major new initiatives that will require bold leadership and commitment to change. 

    For additional information on each of the actions, please refer to the document library on the main project page.


    Council approved a Healthy Housing Strategy, a five-year plan with 19 action items to help alleviate the challenges associated with finding affordable, secure and suitable housing. The includes recommendations to guide policies, regulations and programs to achieve housing options that are diverse, affordable and attainable. See https://www.kelowna.ca/our-community/planning-projects/current-planning-initiatives/healthy-city-strategy/healthy-housing for more information.