CMHC reports housing starts in Greater Victoria have increased 20% year-to-date vs last year from 1,567 to 1,883. Langford continues to lead the region with 830 new homes or 44% of all new housing.

The increase from June 2020 to June 2021 is actually significantly higher at 70% from 210 to 358, however much of that is due to the pandemic’s impact in 2020.

What’s glaring is the lack of new multi-family housing in Central Saanich, North Saanich, Metchosin and Highands. There has been a total 21 units in all 4 municipalities out of a total 1,422 in the CRD.

Multi-family is important for affordability, as pointed out in the municipal Housing Needs Reports, however community groups have lobbied against increasing density. Most recently, North Saanich council trying to review their Official Community Plan to address affordability, as per their Housing Needs Report, has been subjected to protests by a group called Save North Saanich.

This is more evidence the province’s policy of municipal self-determination is failing young families and an enforceable regional housing and transportation plan is long overdue.