Affordable Housing

The City of Richmond recognizes that a range of housing choices is essential in creating a diverse, inclusive and livable community in Richmond.

Affordable Housing Strategy

Approved in March 2018, the City of Richmond Affordable Housing Strategy guides the City’s involvement in addressing the affordable housing needs of Richmond residents. The strategy identifies a range of priority groups, including families, seniors, one-person households, persons with disabilities and individuals experiencing homelessness.

The Affordable Housing Strategy 2021 Update provides a high-level summary of what the City and community partners achieved regarding affordable housing in 2021.

Housing Needs Report

On an ongoing basis, the City of Richmond monitors key trends related to affordable housing. The 2021 Housing Needs Report provides a summary of housing needs for Richmond residents. This report will inform the development of future housing policies and programs.

Low-End Market Rental Program

In 2007, the City launched the Low-End Market Rental housing program, which has achieved significant success by securing more than 1,000 new affordable housing units for low and moderate income households in Richmond. Additional information is provided in the Low End Market Rental Program Bulletin (Info-51).

Affordable Housing Projects

The City of Richmond continues to work in partnership with the provincial and federal governments, local housing providers and the private sector to increase the supply of affordable housing for Richmond households. Visit the Housing Projects page for more information.

Finding Affordable Housing

The City of Richmond publishes the Affordable Housing Guide, which provides a comprehensive list of affordable housing options in Richmond.

Resources for Non-Profits and Developers

Enhanced Accessibility Design Guidelines

Group Homes in Richmond outlines Richmond's policy framework and requirements for group homes. For Chinese translations: Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese


The City of Richmond has won multiple awards for its affordable housing initiatives. In 2015, the Kiwanis Towers project received the UBCM Award for Excellence in Innovation and Partnership. In 2018, Storeys received the Award for Planning Excellence in Social Planning from the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Important Link

Updated Bulletin for Housing Developers


Greg Newman

Manager, Affordable Housing, Community Social Development 604-204-8648