Canada’s Largest Affordable Housing Conference In Vancouver – November 17,18,19

Vancouver – On the heels of recent openings for housing the homeless in the Fraser Valley comes a three day conference on the subject.

The Hon. Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, opens the 27th annual Housing Central Conference, where more than 1,600 housing stakeholders will gather to discuss homelessness and housing affordability, Indigenous housing, the opioid epidemic and more.

Presented by BC Non-Profit Housing (BCNPHA) in partnership with the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) and the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA), the conference capitalizes on the growing energy to solve B.C.’s affordability crisis. It’s where housing providers connect with development partners and funders, where government decision-makers explore the latest policy research, and where stakeholders from throughout the community housing sector learn new ways to strengthen and expand their services.

“We’ve seen historic levels of investment in the community housing sector, but we need to keep the momentum going,” said Jill Atkey, CEO of BCNPHA. “The Housing Central Conference is a critical opportunity for non-profit housing providers to create partnerships and learn the skills they need to turn that new funding into ensuring everyone in B.C. has access to a safe, secure and affordable home.”

Members of the co-op housing sector will be at the conference to discuss inclusive housing, sector regeneration, energy-efficient retrofits and more. “If you’re looking for ways to innovate, and the best and brightest new ideas that are going to lead to lasting solutions to the affordable housing crisis, you will find them at the Housing Central Conference,” said Thom Armstrong, Executive Director of CHF BC.

Indigenous perspectives are incorporated into education and events throughout the conference. “It’s a very powerful thing to gather with so many great minds under one roof, it really sets in motion a lot of vigorous dialogue and ideas,” said Margaret Pfoh, CEO of AHMA. “It’s a great opportunity for the Indigenous innovation in our communities to be celebrated and shared.”

Keynote and guest speakers include:


  • Hon. Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Dr. Mark Joseph, Assoc. Professor, Community Development, Case Western Reserve University
  • Kennedy Stewart, Mayor of Vancouver
  • Ross Chilton, CEO, Community Living BC


  • Senator Murray Sinclair, Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Shachi Kurl, Executive Director, Angus Reid Institute
  • Derek Ballantyne, Board Chair, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • Mike Hurley, Mayor of Burnaby and Chair, Metro Vancouver Housing Committee


  • Dr. Brian Goldman, ER doctor and healthcare pundit
  • Todd Stone, MLA, Kamloops-South Thompson and Opposition Critic for Municipal Affairs
  • Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth, BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, moderates the Youth Aging Out of Care panel with panelists Emily Jackson (Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness), Katherine McParland (A Way Home Kamloops) and Jeska Slater (Indigenous Social Innovation Coordiator, Surrey’s Skookum Lab)


The Housing Central Conference features more than 120 education sessions for housing executives and frontline staff, as well as stakeholders ranging from government representatives and staff to researchers, policy analysts and more. Delegates can focus their learning on education themes such as:

  • (Re)development – Aging Housing: Redevelop or Renovate?; Working with Residents During Redevelopment; TOD Affordable Housing Strategy; Creating Community Support: Build Homes, Not Barriers
  • Homelessness – Youth Homelessness Prevention Framework; Coordinated Responses to Homelessness; Impactful Responses to Homelessness; Housing First and Youth in Care; Addressing Seniors Homelessness
  • Trauma, addictions and the opioid crisis – Trauma & Concurrent Disorders; Supporting First Responders and Frontline Workers; Intentional Communities with Therapeutic Objectives
  • Indigenous housing – Innovative Housing for Indigenous Children & Youth; Developing Housing on Reserve with BC Housing; Asset Management in First Nations Communities; Indigenous Caucus; Serving Indigenous Tenants Through Lived Experiences
  • New developments – Modular Applications for Social Housing; Municipal Land Use Planning Tools; Projects Transforming Affordable Housing; Finding the Money in Government Agencies

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