The Housing Needs Assessment data produced by HART’s HNA Tool

The Housing Assessment Resource Tools (HART) project is funded by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to research solutions to Canada’s Housing Crisis. We offer comprehensive, equity-focused solutions to the unique problems faced by communities of all shapes and sizes cross-country. The goal of the project is to develop standardized, replicable and sustainable tools, along with associated public information and training, to improve the quality of housing supply decision-making at all levels of government across Canada.

The following data, which was compiled using our Housing Needs Assessment Tool, represents information about Housing Need in Surrey, BC using 2016 data from Statistics Canada. 2021 data will be published in 2023.

Key findings
  • There is a deficit of 1,000 homes costing under $1,500/month
  • 100% of homes costing up to $1,000/month require space for 3 or more people
  • New migrant led and single mother led households are nearly 2x more likely to be in Core Housing Need

Area Median Household Income (AMHI) Categories and Shelter Costs (2016)

This table shows the income categories used by the HART project, and the characteristics of each group, including their income range and affordable shelter cost.

Percent of Households in Core Housing Need, by Household Income Category (2016)

This graph shows the total proportion of households and number of households that were in core housing need in Surrey according to the 2016 census data. For example, this chart shows that over 25% of households in the “Moderate Income” category (maximum affordable monthly shelter cost is $1,550) were in Core Housing Need, which is 7,960 households.

Percent of Household Size Categories in Core Housing Need, by Area Median Household Income (AMHI) (2016)

This graph shows the breakdown of household size for households in core housing need. For example, this graph shows that of Median Income households (maximum affordable monthly shelter cost $2,325), over 90% of households in core housing need were made up of three or more people.

Total Affordable Housing Deficit (2016)

This table shows the 2016 existing housing deficit at each income category level. For example, in 2016 there was a deficit of 15,505 homes that were affordable to Low Income households. This number does not necessarily indicate a lack of homes, but a lack of homes at or below the maximum affordable shelter cost for this income category.

Percentage of Households (HHs) in Core Housing Need, by Priority Population (2016)

This graph shows the proportion of marginalized households in core housing need against the proportion of all households in core housing need. For example, almost 40% of Single mother-led households were in Core Housing Need, compared to the 17% of all households in Surrey. Furthermore, there are many marginalized communities that experience significantly higher rates of Core Housing Need than the city benchmark.

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