Vancouver uses Empty Homes tax for proposed Indigenous housing project
The City of Vancouver has announced an Indigenous-led social housing development that would provide 81 new homes for families and seniors has received approval for a grant of up to $5.12 million. The project has been funded by the city’s capital budget and the Empty Homes tax. Vancouver city council approved the building’s rezoning at a public hearing in February 2021 and the Vancouver Native Housing Society will be applying for a development permit later this year.
Federal government launches new intake for Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund
Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna has announced the launch of a new intake for the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund. Communities are invited to submit projects that will protect and strengthen their communities from the impacts of natural hazards and extreme weather events. Under this program, $670 million is being dedicated to new, small-scale projects between $1 million and $20 million in total eligible costs. The remaining funding envelope is allocated to large-scale projects above $20 million. In addition, a minimum of $138 million of the total funding envelope is being dedicated to Indigenous recipients.
Ledcor gets LEED Gold for Dunsmuir project
Ledcor has announced its 402 Dunsmuir project in downtown Vancouver has received LEED v2009 C&S Gold certification. The project is adjacent to historic Holy Rosary Cathedral and involved demolition of an existing single storey retail podium, demolition & retrofitting with structural upgrades of a 2-storey underground parkade, new major electrical & mechanical centers, and construction of the new boutique office tower.