Newcomer Housing Resources

This section of the website lists BC and Canadian resources that have a Newcomer Housing focus.

AMSSA Resources

Newcomer Housing: Barriers, needs, and experiences, Migration Matters Info Sheet
This issue of Migration Matters focuses on housing for newcomers to British Columbia. It explores the definition of acceptable housing in the Canadian context and identifies the types of barriers that newcomers may face in securing acceptable housing. It gives an overview of some of the key issues related to housing for newcomers and provides a list of resources for clients.

Housing Challenges for Immigrants and Refugees, Cultures West
This edition of the Cultures West magazine focuses on the topic of the challenges that immigrants and refugees face when searching for suitable housing and provides a diversity of features, stories and articles on the subject.

BC Resources

The Tenant Survival Guide, Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre
This Guide provides tenants with a basic understanding of residential tenancy law in British Columbia and the implications for them. The older PDF version of this guide is available in English and in Traditional Chinese. The updated version of this guide has been transformed into an online wiki format.

Live, Immigrate and WorkWelcome BC
The Welcome BC website provides multilingual resources and information on housing, education, transportation, banking, employment, health care, citizenship and much more. The information is also available in ArabicFarsiFrenchHindiJapanese,KoreanPortuguesePunjabi, RussianSimplified ChineseSpanishTraditional Chinese and Vietnamese.

Tenant Handbook, BC Housing
This handbook has information for tenants living in BC Housing accommodations and lists information rent, safety, conflicts and complaints, transfers, maintenance and repairs, tenant groups, tenant programs and your rights as a tenant. The information is also available in Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi and Tagalog.

Residential Tenancy Branch Calculators, BC Housing
This website lists calculators that may be used for tenancies that fall under the Residential Tenancy Act such as when deposits need to be returned by and rental increase calculations.

Canadian Resources

Canadian Housing Observer 2014, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
This report provides an in-depth review of housing conditions and trends in Canada using data from Statistics Canada. The 2014 edition of the Observer is accompanied by a broad range of updated online statistical information on housing conditions from national, regional and local perspectives.

Housing for Newcomers, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
The website of CMHC provides relevant and appropriate tools, products and resources related to housing so that individuals can make decisions and find a safe, affordable home. The information is also available in French, Arabic, Chinese , Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.

Housing – For Newcomers to Canada, Government of Canada
This website provides links and information on various federal housing initiatives geared towards newcomers to Canada.

Housing in Canada, Government of Canada
This website provides links and information on the various types of housing offered in Canada and is geared toward newcomers to Canada.

An Introduction to Renting in Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
This guide provides an overview of the most common rental requirements across the country. This guide is not intended as legal information as the landlord-tenant laws change from time to time in every province.

Renting Your First Home in Canada: What Newcomers Need to Know, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
This guide provides information on important things you need to consider when renting a home in Canada. This guide also covers information on the various types of rentals available and the responsibilities of tenants and landlords. The information is also available in French, Mandarin, Tagalog, Urdu, Punjabi, Spanish and Arabic.

Renting a home in Canada, Government of Canada
This website provides information and links of various topics regarding renting a home in Canada.

Buying a home in Canada, Government of Canada
This website provides information and links of various topics regarding purchasing a home in Canada and is geared towards newcomers to Canada.

Homebuyers Checklist — A Newcomers’ Guide and Workbook, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
This guide provides housing-related information for newcomers to Canada, covering home purchase and maintenance.  The information is also available in French, Mandarin/Simplified Chinese, Punjabi, Tagalog, Urdu, Arabic and Spanish.

Condominium Buyer’s Guide, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
This Guide provides basic background information on purchasing a condominium.

Buying Your First Home in Canada: What newcomers Need to Know, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
This guide provides information to first-time home buyers who are new to Canada. This guides covers financing, types of Canadian homes available, how to determine affordability, where and how to look, what to look for, how to make an offer to purchase and where to find assistance and support.  The information is also available in French, Mandarin, Tagalog, Urdu, Punjabi, Spanish and Arabic.

Research Reports

The Housing Needs of Immigrants and Refugees in Canada, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association
This background paper builds upon known information regarding immigration and housing in search of finding better linkages between housing policy and newcomer settlement policy.

Settlement and housing experiences of recent immigrants in small and mid-sized cities in the interior of British Columbia, Texeira, C. and Drolet, J. (2016), Pathways to Prosperity.
This research study reviews the settlement experiences of immigrants to Kelowna and Kamloops, including their access to local services and their housing experience. The research report also concludes with recommendations for improving immigrants’ settlement and integration in the interior of B.C.

The Dynamics of Housing Affordability, Statistics Canada
This report focuses on the dynamics of housing affordability, not on core housing need. It examines the percentage of household income that would need to be spent on housing.

The Housing Situation and Needs of Recent Immigrants in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) 
In this research report the housing situation of immigrants in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver is examined and compared to that of Canadian-born households using data obtained from the 1996 and 2001 census.

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