Fifteen new affordable rental homes and 37 child care spaces are available for Burnaby families and residents with the opening of a new mixed-use housing development.
“This project is a great example of how we are working across government to integrate childcare into new developments to easily co-locate childcare where people live,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care and MP for Burnaby-Lougheed. . “We are implementing our ChildCareBC 10-year plan to build a future where affordable, inclusive, quality child care is a core service families can rely on.
Located at 3755 Banff Avenue, the development consists of two apartment buildings with a mix of bachelor, one, two and three bedroom homes for low to middle income people, including families, youth, elderly and people living with intellectual disabilities. .
The first building, Filby Court II, includes nine houses and a licensed day care center. The second building, Filby Court III, has six houses, including a three-bedroom, staff-supported house with 24-hour care for people with disabilities. Three of the development’s two-bedroom units are designated for shared living arrangements, so people with disabilities can live with their shared living provider.
“This project addresses truly important needs for individuals and families in Burnaby, providing housing for our diverse community and additional child care spaces to keep families and our city’s economy prosperous” , said Mike Hurley, Mayor of the City of Burnaby.
The Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) will own and operate the homes and provide on-site care for residents living with disabilities. The company will also operate the Little Eagles Child Care Center for Excellence, which will be accessible to the entire community.
“The Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion would like to take this opportunity to thank BC Housing, the City of Burnaby and the Ministry of Children and Family Development for their generous financial contribution to this important housing and child care project. children we desperately need,” said Richard Faucher, CEO, BACI. “We certainly appreciate the continued support they have provided over the past three years. We welcome new tenants to Filby Courts and children attending the Little Eagles Child Care Center for Excellence.
Monthly rents range from $725 for a studio to $1,300 for a two-bedroom house. Residents of the Three-Bedroom Supportive Home will pay $375 per month.
“This project is a great example of how our government is using housing innovation to bring about lasting change,” said Burnaby North MPP Janet Routledge. “The combination of affordable housing and child care is an innovative use of space that makes life easier for families when they need it most.
The project is part of British Columbia’s 10-year, $7 billion housing plan. Since 2017, the province has funded more than 35,000 new affordable homes that have been completed or are underway for British Columbians, including more than 3,000 homes in Burnaby.
- The province, through BC Housing, has invested approximately $3.4 million in the project, including approximately $2.4 million through the Housing Innovation Investment Fund and an Affordability Deepening Grant of approximately $968,000.
- Without additional investments, the rents would not have been so affordable.
- The Department of Children and Family Development provided $500,000 in 2018 to the Little Eagles Child Care Center for Excellence.
- BACI contributed equity of $1.3 million for the project.
- The City of Burnaby provided the land for the project, valued at $2.3 million, through a long-term lease for a nominal fee.
A map showing the location of all announced provincially funded housing projects in British Columbia is available online: https://www.bchousing.org/homes-for-BC
To learn more about what the province is doing to address the housing crisis and provide affordable housing for British Columbians, visit: https://workingforyou.gov.bc.ca/