Housing Information Portal

This portal provides access to a range of information for non-metropolitan communities, in BC and Canada. It includes population and housing data for more than 60 communities.

Launched in 2022 by the Community Development Institute (CDI) at the University of Northern British Columbia, the research found here will be of significant interest to local governments, planners, developers, builders, and provincial governments.The data highlights the strong links between housing and economic development potential in non-metropolitan BC and Canada.

This portal contains detailed data reports, webinar recordings, conference presentations, and articles published in magazines and journals.

Be sure to check back regularly as new information will be added.  


The following studies identify consistent patterns of housing issues across non-metropolitan BC and Canada and find that housing stock across the country no longer meets community needs and expectations. More data is needed to inform housing programs and policies that support the renewal of the existing housing stock and encourage new construction, and to help communities create service linkages where housing gaps have to be filled by service infrastructure.

This report includes population and housing data for 39 non-metropolitan communities across British Columbia. The communities selected range in 2016 population size from 1,021 (Valemount) to 90,504 (Nanaimo). 
This report includes a selected sample of 26 non-metropolitan communities across Canada; two from each province and territory. The communities selected range in 2016 population size from 790 (Watson Lake, YT) to 63,260 (Medicine Hat, AB). 
This data compilation is an addendum to the report on Canada and presents data tables for 14 British Columbia communities, which were part of the initial research sample.

Webinar Recordings

The CDI delivered series of webinars where each session focused on a specific region of the province with detailed information about population trends, housing stock, the housing market. The CDI discussed opportunities for the housing sector, challenges of meeting demand, and strategies that can result in more housing on the ground. Click on Watch Now to view the session of your choice.



Building Knowledge: Northeast BC  Watch Now 
Building Knowledge: Northwest BC  Watch Now 
Building Knowledge: Central BC  Watch Now 
Building Knowledge: East Kootenays  Watch Now 
Building Knowledge: West Kootenays  Watch Now 
Building Knowledge: Okanagan  Watch Now 
Building Knowledge: Vancouver Island   Watch Now 


The CDI presents research to various organizations and groups to create opportunities for discussions that build awareness and generate insight into housing issues in non-metropolitan British Columbia, Canada, and around the world. Here you will find the PPT slides for our non-metropolitan housing related presentations.

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For more Information, contact:

Marleen Morris
Email: marleen.morris@unbc.ca
Tel: 250.960.5656
Cell: 604.785.2584


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