Housing and Homelessness

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.

Community Need

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

Current Projects

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 current locations with affordable housing developments:

Spirit Square Revitalization

The City of Kamloops has finalized a comprehensive land deal with Arpa Investments involving several parcels of land on MacKenzie Avenue and Yew Street, centred on Spirit Square. Subject to rezoning, the Spirit Square land deal includes:

  • the purchase of 426 and 428 MacKenzie Avenue from Arpa Investments for $408,000
  • the sale of 3,275m2 of City property to Arpa Investments for $680,000, including:
    • 103 and 107 Yew Street and a portion of the adjacent roadway
    • a portion of Spirit Square
    • parts of 426, 438, and 440 MacKenzie Avenue
  • the 60-year lease of part of Spirit Square and parts of 426, 438, and 440 MacKenzie Avenue for $1 to accommodate an affordable housing project

A public hearing for the rezoning has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, 2018. This land deal is part of a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the area. For more details on the plan, visit the Spirit Square website.

Visit the Spirit Square Website

317/323 Tranquille Road


These lots were purchased by the City of Kamloops in December 2017 for the purpose of affordable housing. BC Housing has selected ASK Wellness 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.

BC Housing is proposing to construct a five-storey, 58-unit affordable housing development with ground floor administrative space and residential amenity space. Inside, each unit will contain a washroom and cooking facilities, and tenants will have access to four separate laundry facilities and lounge areas. The development also includes 19 parking spaces, secure outdoor bicycle parking, four garden plots, a patio area, and a dog run.

Timeline

  • December 2017 - City of Kamloops purchased lots for the purpose of affordable housing. 
  • January 17, 2018 - Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announces this site as the location of one of two modular housing projects in Kamloops.
  • January 25, 2018 - ASK Wellness Society, in partnership with BC Housing and the City of Kamloops, invites neighbours of the development to attend a drop-in open house.
    View the BC Housing display boards from this event.
  • Spring 2018 - Existing building at 317 Tranquille Road demolished.
  • June 26, 2018 - Application for Development Permit approved by council.
  • Fall 2018* - Application of Building Permit
  • Fall/Winter 2018* - Construction on Site
  • Spring 2019* - Application for Occupancy Permit

*Dependent on previous steps, these are goals only.

Visit ASK Wellness' Website

259 Victoria Street West

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.

BC Housing is proposing to construct a four-storey, 48-unit affordable housing development with ground floor administrative space and residential amenity space. Inside, each unit will contain a washroom and cooking facilities, and tenants will have access to four separate laundry facilities and lounge areas. The development also includes 15 parking spaces, secure outdoor bicycle parking, and a patio area.

Timeline

  • January 17, 2018 - Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announces this site as the location of one of two modular housing projects in Kamloops.
  • January 25, 2018 - CMHA-Kamloops, in partnership with BC Housing and the City of Kamloops, invites neighbours of the development to attend a drop-in open house.
    View the BC Housing display boards from this event.
  • August 28, 2018 - Application for Development Permit
  • Fall 2018* - Application of Building Permit
  • Fall/Winter 2018* - Construction on Site
  • Spring 2019* - Application for Occupancy Permit

*Dependent on previous steps, these are goals only.

Visit CMHA-Kamloops' Website

503/511/519/527/533/537 St. Paul Street


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. 

Visit John Howard Society's Website

975 Singh Street


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. Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services Society has proposed a 31-unit development that would house Indigenous youth and elders.

Visit Lii Michif Otipemisiwak's Website

777/779/785/805/807/809 Mission Flats Road - Mission Flats Manor

These lots are owned by the City of Kamloops and will be leased to BC Housing for the purpose of affordable housing. On Monday, August 27, 2018, the Province announced plans to construct 55 temporary homes for people experiencing homelessness in Kamloops. Each of the studios will include a private bathroom, and residents will have access to meals, counselling, and health services, as well as life and employment skills programming. 

Visit ASK Wellness' Website

185 Royal Avenue - The Branch

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, the Province announced that it will open approximately 30 short-term transitional beds, operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association - Kamloops Branch. On-site supports wil include life-skills training, employment assistance, connection and referral to community services, and support groups to help ensure people can achieve and maintain housing stability. 

Visit CMHA-Kamloops' Website

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.