The City is currently developing a new Affordable Housing Strategy. The new plan will be similar to the Affordable Housing Master Plan 2011 – 2021, but will be an updated vision for affordable housing in the community based on more current information. The plan needs to be updated to reflect current conditions in the City and to take advantage of new opportunities, such as funding from the National Housing Strategy.
The Affordable Housing Master Plan 2011 – 2021 established the framework for the City of Grande Prairie’s affordable housing initiatives. The plan outlines a number of initiatives that the City may undertake to improve housing affordability in the community. The plan has lead to numerous programs and policies and has helped to create over 100 non-market housing units.
To follow the progress of the Affordable Housing Strategy development and to get involved in the process, visit the engagement page.
About Affordable Housing
Affordable Housing is a broad term defined as housing that costs less than 30% of a household’s before tax income.
Affordable Housing is about whether a household is able to meet its housing needs while still being able to afford other essentials, but it is not just about cost. It also includes whether a dwelling has enough room for the people living in it, and what condition it is in.
The Core Housing Need, created by Statistics Canada and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, is used to measure housing. It considers three factors:
- Affordability: Is the cost of housing less than 30% of household income OR could the household afford a market rental that meets the other two factors without spending more than 30% of their income;
- Adequacy: Does the dwelling require any major repairs; and
- Suitability: Are there enough bedrooms for the people living there
Who does housing affordability affect?
In Grande Prairie, 27% of households fall below one or more of those standards.
Housing affordability can affect anyone. There are some groups that are more likely than others to face challenges with housing.
Renters face more challenges than owners do. 75% of households in core housing need are renters and 25% are owners. Within the renter population, several groups are more likely to be in core housing need than others are, including aboriginal households, immigrants, seniors, single parents, and people with disabilities.
In 2017, there were 477 households on the wait list for family and special purpose housing.