Housing Needs in the RDBN

Thank you for your interest in housing across the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako!

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

You can help us by participating in the survey, which takes about 5–10 minutes to complete. The survey will help us build a more complete picture of the housing situation in our communities. As we grow and change, the data and information you provide today will help address the housing needs and demands across our region. Completed responses will be entered into a draw for gift cards to local grocery stores!

Survey Deadline: August 20, 2021

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 Bulkley-Nechako or M’akola Development services using the contact information below.


Jason Llewellyn
Director of Planning, Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Telephone: 250-692-3195
Email: jason.llewellyn@rdbn.bc.ca
Sandy Mackay
Housing Research and Policy Lead, M'akola Development Services
Telephone: 778-401-7028
Email: smackay@makoladev.com