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 and a hospitality sector survey.

Additional engagement is occurring throughout over the next few weeks, 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 and a hospitality sector survey.

Additional engagement is occurring throughout over the next few weeks, 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).


  • 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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