Housing

Provide your feedback in Bowen's Housing Need Assessment

We have employed consulting firm Urbanics to complete a Housing Need Assessment for our island. As part of that report we want to hear from you about current and emerging housing needs of the island.

The Housing Needs Survey is available online, and takes only 15 minutes to complete. Responses are collected anonymously, and will help inform this report.

Click here to take the Survey

If you don’t have a computer, or if you wish to complete the survey in an alternative format, you can get help from staff at Municipal Hall.

Please complete the survey by 4pm, on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.


Council is continuing its work towards making Bowen Island a welcoming, long-term home for people of varying income levels, lifestyles and age groups in its efforts to actively support diverse housing.

Bowen Housing was an initiative identified by Council as a strategic priority for 2018. This series helped bring awareness to housing options for the community, including planning tools available to municipalities, best practices, housing types and partnership models. 

Events included special meetings of Council and speaker events focusing on local solutions.

Council welcomed Josie Osborne, Mayor of Tofino, to discuss Tofino's Housing Authority and Short-Term Vacation Rental regulation.

James Forsyth of BC Housing gave a presentation to Council regarding the Housing Hub.

A Practical Workshop on Detached Secondary Suites was held for Interested Residents with BIM Manager of Planning and Development Daniel Martin, BIM Building Inspector Greg Cormier and detached secondary suite owner Lisa Howland.

Council met in a Committee of the Whole to welcome Jada Basi of CitySpaces, who spoke about Municipal policy tools for affordable housing in rural communities. 

Last Updated on 2020-02-14 at 12:53 PM