The City of Kamloops has a vision for our community where housing is available and affordable to all residents. The City supports the availability of diverse housing options that enable people from all walks and stages of life to locate and secure housing that is safe, affordable, and appropriate. To that end, the City continues to work as a steward, facilitator, investor, and communicator to increase the housing supply across the housing continuum throughout Kamloops.
Affordable Housing Strategy
The City of Kamloops is developing an affordable housing strategy to ensure that the community’s housing needs are met across the entire affordable housing continuum, which includes everything from emergency shelters to entry level home ownership. Learn more.
This 2018 At-A-Glance Report was created to provide a snapshot of the housing continuum and housing affordability in Kamloops based on the 2018 Point-In-Time Homelessness Count and housing needs assessment.
Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness
Over the last several years, the City has established opportunities for the not-for-profit sector to increase the affordable housing inventory, including adopting policies within the Official Community Plan that support these efforts, and rezoning land for affordable housing. Additionally, BC Housing has played an important role in investing in housing, and the not-for-profit sector is successfully operating affordable housing in Kamloops.
Below are details of affordable housing developments currently in development:
The City of Kamloops finalized a comprehensive land deal with Arpa Investments involving several parcels of land on MacKenzie Avenue and Yew Street, centred on Spirit Square. This land deal is part of a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the area that includes the Stollery Suites on Spirit Square, an affordable housing development operated by ASK Wellness Society.
The Stollery Suites on Spirit Square includes:
- 25 units dedicated to individuals aged 55+ who are living independently with a chronic health condition and have a low and fixed income.
- 18 supportive housing units offering residents programming and services to promote the skills of tenancy, recovery, and wellness.
This lot is owned by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), located next door to Emerald Centre. BC Housing has selected CMHA-Kamloops to operate a supporting housing development for people looking to transition from the streets to stable and independent housing. This development will be one of two permanent modular housing projects announced on January 17, 2018 by the Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing which will provide 24/7 staffing and support.
Construction is underway on a four-storey, 48-unit affordable housing development with ground floor administrative space and residential amenity space. Inside, each unit contains a washroom and cooking facilities, and tenants will have access to four separate laundry facilities and lounge areas. The development also includes parking, secure outdoor bicycle parking, and a patio area. Occupancy is expected in Spring 2020.
These lots were purchased by the City of Kamloops in December 2017 for the purpose of affordable housing. The John Howard Society of the Thompson Region has announced plans for a 52-unit development of affordable rental units for low- to moderate-income singles and families.
This lot was originally rezoned by the City of Kamloops in 2011 for the purpose of affordable housing, and was rezoned again in March 2018 to allow for higher density. Construction is underway on a 31-unit development that will house Indigenous youth and elders, operated by Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services Society.
The City is committed to community dialogue as it moves forward with achieving these housing goals. On January 16, 2018, a report on housing communications was approved by council with a minimum commitment to community regarding communication.