Affordable housing

As an open and inclusive city, we work to make sure people from all walks of life can find their place in our community.

Our Rental Housing Grants program provides up to $420,000 in annual grants to offset development cost charges for rental housing projects. In 2015, 329 units received grants. In addition to the grant incentives, rental projects can also benefit from 10-year tax exemptions.

The Housing Opportunities Reserve Fund encourages the development of affordable housing. The Fund relies on taxation, land sales, revenues and other resources. The money is used to acquire lands suited to development opportunities that would include affordable housing.  

We have also simplified the application process for secondary suites. Nearly 350 fully licensed suites came on the market in 2015, compared to 100 units in 2012 before the process changed. An additional 25 carriage houses were also built in 2015.

While we advocate and plan for housing options to meet all needs, the City works with community partners to assist those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We have provided properties at no cost to BC Housing for the development of affordable housing partnerships, including Cardington apartments, Tutt Street apartments and KARIS Society, to name a few.

Additionally, a Healthy Housing Strategy was endorsed by Council on June 25, 2018. The Healthy Housing Strategy is a 5-year plan that aims to address the community’s most pressing housing issues. The Healthy Housing Strategy was developed in alignment with the Journey Home Strategy to address Council’s top priorities of homelessness and housing diversity. 

The Healthy Housing Strategy includes 19 actions within the Strategy’s four key directions:
1.  Promote and protect rental housing;
2.  Improve housing affordability and reduce barriers for affordable housing;
3.  Build the right supply; and
4.  Strengthen partnerships and align investments. 

Looking for affordable housing in Kelowna?

BC Housing is the recommended resource for housing financial support, including application details, rent subsidies and the most up-to-date information on these. The best place to look is on the BC Housing website under the “Find Housing” Tab. Most subsidized housing in Kelowna is on the BC Housing Registry and the application for this is also on the BC Housing website.

You can contact the BC Housing - Interior Region Office in Penticton at 1-800-834-7149 or .

Other Housing Resources

Please note, the following list is for information purposes only and not an inclusive list.