This week the province and Vancouver Organizing Committee of
the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games announced an agreement that would
reconfigure 320 temporary housing units in the Whistler athletes’ village into
156 permanent affordable housing units.
After the Games the modular units will be reconfigured with
bathrooms and kitchens, and sent to six communities, Chetwynd, Chilliwack,
Enderby, Saanich, Sechelt and Surrey.
It took two years to finalize the Memorandum of Understanding
between the province and VANOC.
The temporary housing will be purchased for approximately $18.2
million, with VANOC providing $9.4 million and additional support from Olympic
sponsors Rona, Britco, and others making up the difference. Post-Games, the
province will contribute $20 million to relocate and reconfigure the units, as
well as to provide sites in the participating communities. The communities
themselves will provide the land for free, which has an estimated value of $5.4
Broken down over 156 homes, the cost per unit is roughly
The design of the units will be agreed upon by the province,
VANOC and local partners, and will be designed to high standards in energy
efficiency and environmental impact. Through B.C. Housing, the province will be
working with non-profit housing association in some of the communities, while
issuing an invitation to other non-profit housing groups to submit proposal for
the communities that don’t have housing programs.
• In Chetwynd there will be four to eight units of single
storey housing for low income seniors.
• In Chilliwack there will be approximately 40 units of
affordable housing in a three-storey format that will be offered to people that
are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
• In Enderby, on the site of the former hospital, there
will be approximately 16 units of single-storey affordable housing for seniors.
• In Saanich, the site will feature approximately 36 units
in a three-storey format for people that are homeless or at risk of
• In Sechelt there will be approximately eight units of
affordable housing in a two-storey format for people who are homeless or at
risk of homelessness.
• In Surrey there will be approximately 48 units of affordable housing for people who are homeless or at risk.