City of Vancouver asking for input on its first Seniors Housing Strategy

THE City of Vancouver notes that seniors are the fastest growing age demographic in Vancouver. Many seniors and adults who are 55+ will have different housing needs as they age, including changing affordability, health, and accessibility considerations.

Starting now, the City is seeking input on its first Seniors Housing Strategy to better understand and meet the housing needs of seniors and older adults in Vancouver.

The Seniors Housing Strategy will include:

  • An exploration of innovative housing solutions specific to seniors
  • An inventory of existing housing options and gaps
  • Updated design guidelines for senior-focused housing
  • A rezoning and resident relocation policy
  • Increased partnerships with senior-serving organizations
  • Advocacy to and improved collaboration with government partners
  • And other immediate actions and policies identifying future City-led work

To ensure the Seniors Housing Strategy meets the diverse needs of Vancouver’s older adults, the City is asking seniors, Elders, adults aged 55+, and caregivers, including those who support aging family members, to take its survey, lead a Conversation Kit engagement session, and come to its in-person events to share their input.

“Your feedback will help us understand the housing needs of seniors and adults aged 55+ living in Vancouver and will help shape policies, partnerships and advocacy actions being developed this year,” says the City.

Get involved: 

  • Visit the Shape Your City page to learn more about the Seniors Housing Strategy and to share your housing experiences as an adult aged 55+
  • Attend a pop-up event
    • Friday, March 24, Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, March 28, Kingsgate Mall, 370 East Broadway, 1-3 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 4, Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer Street, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Take a survey from March 23-April 13 in English or Traditional Chinese
  • Download the Conversation Kit to lead an engagement session with an individual or seniors group such as a community group that meets regularly, a group of long-term care residents, or family members.