East Kootenay Housing Needs Assessment

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

You are invited to join us for the formal launch of the RDEK Rural Housing Needs Report December 16th at 7pm. There will also be a short presentation of key regional findings and an opportunity to engage directly with the project team to ask questions about findings and trends observed across the region. The meeting details are as follows:

  • When: Thursday, December 16 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Who Should Attend: The event is open to everyone, including the general public, non-profits, and housing stakeholders.
  • Where: Online through Zoom or Conference Call

You can view the RDEK Housing Needs Report in the documents section (it is broken down into segments). The recent Regional Engagement Summary is included in Appendix A. If you are on a computer, you will find it on the right of your screen, on a phone/tablet, you need to scroll down.

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 and updates on this project. 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).


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

You are invited to join us for the formal launch of the RDEK Rural Housing Needs Report December 16th at 7pm. There will also be a short presentation of key regional findings and an opportunity to engage directly with the project team to ask questions about findings and trends observed across the region. The meeting details are as follows:

  • When: Thursday, December 16 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Who Should Attend: The event is open to everyone, including the general public, non-profits, and housing stakeholders.
  • Where: Online through Zoom or Conference Call

You can view the RDEK Housing Needs Report in the documents section (it is broken down into segments). The recent Regional Engagement Summary is included in Appendix A. If you are on a computer, you will find it on the right of your screen, on a phone/tablet, you need to scroll down.

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 and updates on this project. 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).


  • Housing Needs Assessment Engagement Summary Released

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    Following several months of engagement, a new report has been released summarizing the results of the consultation for the Regional District of East Kootenay’s Housing Needs Assessment.

    “Through the course of stakeholder interviews, surveys, and focus groups, a number of local and regional themes were identified in relation to housing in our rural areas,” says RDEK Planning Coordinator Karen MacLeod. “The findings have been compiled into a summary document, which is now available on the project page.”

    In total, there were nearly 700 responses to the surveys. The feedback gathered throughout the consultation was used to help inform the East Kootenay Housing Needs Assessment reports, which are expected to be presented to the RDEK Board in December.

    The project is focused on the RDEK’s six Electoral Areas and is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the housing challenges across the rural areas of the region and identify existing and projected gaps in the housing supply.

    The Regional District has partnered with M’akola Development Services on the Housing Needs Assessment. To learn more about the project, visit https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/housing

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  • RDEK Seeks Input from Tourism Hospitality Sector

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    The RDEK is seeking input from anyone working in the tourism and hospitality sector regarding their housing needs within the rural parts of the RDEK.

    “As part of the Housing Needs Assessment project, we are collecting specific information on the housing needs of workers in the tourism and hospitality sector to better understand quantity of need and price points, and prioritize design elements and locations,” says RDEK Planning Coordinator Karen MacLeod. “To help capture this important data, we have developed a sector-specific survey and are urging anyone within the tourism and hospitality sector to take part.”

    Workers and employers in the tourism and hospitality sector have a unique relationship with housing. Seasonal demand fluctuations, direct competition with short-term rentals, and affordability concerns all impact the ability of workers to find appropriate housing and employers to meet the needs of their customers. Information collected as part of this study will inform development patterns, housing policy, and help support necessary workers in our economy.

    The survey can be found on https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/housing. The survey deadline is September 19, 2021.

    Earlier this year, the RDEK received over 500 responses in its Resident Housing Needs Assessment Survey. The results are now being compiled and will be shared later this fall.

    The Regional District has partnered with M’akola Development Services on the Housing Needs Assessment, which is being conducted for all six of the RDEK’s Electoral Areas. To learn more about the project, visit https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/housing

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  • RDEK Seeks Input on Rural Housing Needs

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    The Regional District of East Kootenay is completing a Housing Needs Assessment to better understand housing challenges across its six Electoral Areas.

    “We want to gain an understanding of both the current housing needs in our rural areas and what the future needs might be. This project is going to help us build a more complete picture of the housing situation in our communities and provide critical data about where there may be gaps,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.

    One of the first steps in the process is a survey to help gather the data from residents. “If you live in a rural area of the RDEK, we are urging you to participate in the Housing Needs Assessment survey,” adds Gay. The survey is open until July 23rd and can be found on the Housing Needs Assessment project page at: engage.rdek.bc.ca/housing. Anyone without a computer can contact the RDEK to arrange for a paper copy.

    Public consultation will continue through the summer. In addition to the current survey, there will be interviews and focus groups with various stakeholders around the region, and a separate hospitality and tourism survey.

    “The more public involvement we have in this survey and in this project, the better the final report will be, so we are really hoping for strong participation,” adds Gay.

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