NCRD Housing Needs Assessment

The North Coast Regional District (NCRD) is undertaking a North Coast Regional District Housing Needs Assessment (HNA). Following a competitive process, they have selected the Calibrate Group to assist with this work. This HNA will fulfil our obligations under the Province of British Columbia’s new legislation (Housing Needs Report Regulation B.C. Reg. 90/2019) which took effect on April 16, 2019. This legislation requires local governments to collect data, analyze trends and present reports every five years that describe current and anticipated housing needs in their communities.

This project will include the creation of reporting to fulfil those obligations, and will also include the creation of forecasts and recommendations that will inform future housing policy in our region.

The areas to be considered in this HNA include:

  • Electoral Area A (including Dodge Cove);
  • Electoral Area C (including Oona River);
  • Electoral Area D (including Tlell, Tow Hill, Lawn Hill and Miller Creek); and
  • Electoral Area E (Sandspit).

This work does not include the incorporated municipalities of the City of Prince Rupert, the District of Port Edward, the Village of Queen Charlotte, the Village of Masset, and the Village of Port Clements, which have recently completed or are currently working on their own separate HNA reports.

In addition to research from publicly available data sources such as Census data, BC Stats, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), we will also undertake a process of gathering feedback from the community through consultation with stakeholder groups and public meetings.

  1. Community Consultation: Our consultant will be meeting with key stakeholder groups such as the development community, First Nations, seniors’ organizations, residents’ associations, industry leaders, and real estate professionals. These meetings will take place from June to August of this year. These will ideally be held in person if possible, but due to ongoing Covid-19 public health orders some will also be completed by video conference.
     
  2. Public Engagement: Our consultant will also host a series of public meeting opportunities, hosted in all four areas, to gather feedback from the public on the unique housing challenges faced in the North Coast. These sessions will take place from July to September and will be designed to allow for the maximum opportunity to safely meet in person with respect to Covid-19 public health orders (outdoors, smaller groups etc). We will continue to follow the public health officers’ advice and, if necessary to ensure safety, feedback will also be gathered using electronic means. Information on the dates and locations of these sessions will be published here in late June 2021. Please check back again for further details.
     
  3. Survey: Our online survey is now open. We would appreciate it if members of the public would complete the survey to share their feedback on housing, whether or not you are able to attend a public meeting. The survey will be open until July 31, 2021.

We expect to have the final report completed and published by the end of December 2021. The report will include clear and practical actions that the NCRD and key stakeholders can work together on implementing to help address housing issues in a coordinated, proactive, and sustainable manner. Although the report is a requirement under the new provincial legislation, we are excited about the opportunities that will be presented to address our region’s housing challenges.