East Kootenay Housing Needs Assessment

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Thank you for your interest in housing across the Regional District of East Kootenay!

The Regional District of East Kootenay is completing a Housing Needs Assessment to better understand housing challenges across Electoral Areas A, B, C, E, F, and G.

As part of the process we recently conducted a community housing survey. The survey deadline was July 23rd and it is now closed. Thank you to all those who participated in the survey!

Additional engagement, including direct outreach to workers in the tourism and hospitality sectors, is occurring throughout the month of August, with study findings scheduled to be shared publicly in Fall of 2021. For more information on project activities stay tuned to this page or contact the consultant or RDEK staff leading the project.

The Regional District has partnered with M’akola Development Services on the Housing Needs Assessment. They are a non-profit that specializes in planning, housing development, and housing research.

What is a Housing Needs Assessment?

A Housing Needs Assessment is a report that describes current and anticipated housing needs in a community by collecting data, analyzing trends and speaking with community members. It is also a relatively recent requirement under the Local Government Statutes (Housing Needs Reports) Amendment Act, 2018 which requires Local Governments to develop a Housing Needs Report every five years to better inform and understand the kind of housing most needed in their communities by identifying existing and projected gaps in housing supply.

All housing needs reports are required to contain the following, based on an analysis of the information collected:

  • Statements about key areas of local need, including: affordable housing, rental housing, special needs housing, seniors housing, family housing, and shelters and housing for people at risk of homelessness
  • The number of housing units required to meet current and anticipated housing needs for at least the next five years, by housing type. Housing ‘type’ is defined as dwelling size (number of bedrooms)
  • The number and percentage of households in core housing need and extreme core housing need

Continue to visit this page for ongoing news about the study, engagement opportunities, and other important information over the coming months. More information is available by contacting the Regional District of East Kootenay or M’akola Development services using the contact information in the "We're Listening" tab.

Funding support for the Housing Needs Assessment project is being provided by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM).


Thank you for your interest in housing across the Regional District of East Kootenay!

The Regional District of East Kootenay is completing a Housing Needs Assessment to better understand housing challenges across Electoral Areas A, B, C, E, F, and G.

As part of the process we recently conducted a community housing survey. The survey deadline was July 23rd and it is now closed. Thank you to all those who participated in the survey!

Additional engagement, including direct outreach to workers in the tourism and hospitality sectors, is occurring throughout the month of August, with study findings scheduled to be shared publicly in Fall of 2021. For more information on project activities stay tuned to this page or contact the consultant or RDEK staff leading the project.

The Regional District has partnered with M’akola Development Services on the Housing Needs Assessment. They are a non-profit that specializes in planning, housing development, and housing research.

What is a Housing Needs Assessment?

A Housing Needs Assessment is a report that describes current and anticipated housing needs in a community by collecting data, analyzing trends and speaking with community members. It is also a relatively recent requirement under the Local Government Statutes (Housing Needs Reports) Amendment Act, 2018 which requires Local Governments to develop a Housing Needs Report every five years to better inform and understand the kind of housing most needed in their communities by identifying existing and projected gaps in housing supply.

All housing needs reports are required to contain the following, based on an analysis of the information collected:

  • Statements about key areas of local need, including: affordable housing, rental housing, special needs housing, seniors housing, family housing, and shelters and housing for people at risk of homelessness
  • The number of housing units required to meet current and anticipated housing needs for at least the next five years, by housing type. Housing ‘type’ is defined as dwelling size (number of bedrooms)
  • The number and percentage of households in core housing need and extreme core housing need

Continue to visit this page for ongoing news about the study, engagement opportunities, and other important information over the coming months. More information is available by contacting the Regional District of East Kootenay or M’akola Development services using the contact information in the "We're Listening" tab.

Funding support for the Housing Needs Assessment project is being provided by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM).


  • THIS SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED. We thank everyone who participated. Continue to follow this project page for updates on the Housing Needs Assessment.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. You are helping us to build a more complete picture of the housing situation in your community.

    If you are unsure of which Electoral Area you live or own property in, CLICK HERE to view the map.

    Personal information you provide in this survey is collected pursuant to section 26 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. No names are being requested or will be used or published in relation to this questionnaire. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to:

    • Karen MacLeod
      Planning Coordinator, Regional District of East Kootenay
      Telephone: 250-489-2791
      Email: kmacleod@rdek.bc.ca


    Questions related to this survey may be directed to:

    • Sandy Mackay
      Housing Research and Policy Lead, M'akola Development Services
      Telephone: 778-401-7028
      Email: smackay@makoladev.com

    The questionnaire typically takes 5-10 minutes to complete.

    Survey deadline: July 23, 2021

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