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Posted on August 26, 2019

The Greater Victoria Housing Society is excited to share an exclusive preview of our newest proposed affordable housing development located in the City of Colwood. A rezoning application has been submitted to the City of Colwood with a building planned at up to 15 stories. When completed, it would be the tallest mass timber building on Vancouver Island.

The 100 plus unit project is situated in the heart of Colwood within the rapidly growing Colwood Corners district. Located close to amenities including shopping, cafes, restaurants, recreation, parks, trails, and public transport, the building will allow for tenants to live, work, and play all within their community. The building will include a range of units aimed at housing low to moderate income seniors and families.

“We are looking to provide an environmentally sustainable building that will be a zero CO2 emission building and reduce utility bills for our tenants while providing a home that meets their needs as well as be cost effective and quick to build.” – Kaye Melliship, Executive Director of Greater Victoria Housing Society

The Greater Victoria Housing Society will employ an innovative construction method utilizing prefabricated mass timber panels in order to build the 15-storey tower.

“CLT is a mass timber product that replaces concrete and conventional wood construction. The base material is sourced from sustainably managed BC forests and is factory fabricated and can therefore be installed quicker and quieter compared to conventional framing practices.” – Sukh Johal of Canadian Wood Council

Positioned directly off the Galloping Goose trail, the site will include a 180-stall outdoor bicycle pavilion. The pavilion will provide an easy access route on and off the trail, encouraging an active lifestyle for all residents.

“The building design borders two streets, with a simple extrusion and articulation at the base and the top. The bike pavilion and canopies projecting from the base levels, will be designed to engage with the street on a smaller scale, providing an active and welcoming ground plane condition.” – Peter Johannknecht, Principal of Cascadia Architects

Reducing the footprint of the building and building up rather than out, will reduce the CO2 footprint and forego the need to build a costly underground parkade. A surface parking lot will provide parking for the tenants, while plans for a 2nd building of a similar size would be possible in the future.

“Ultimately, the decision to design a mass timber tower stemmed from costing, land use, and environmental implications. The building will be designed to the highest level of the BC Energy Step Code (Net-Zero ready) and will provide much needed affordable rental housing for seniors and families in the City of Colwood.” – Kaye Melliship

For more information please contact:

Kaye Melliship

Executive Director

250-384-3434 ext. 32

Office Closed at 12pm on August 22, 2019

Posted on August 20, 2019

Our office will be closed after 12pm on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 for a staff function. The office will reopen on Friday morning as usual.

Annual General Meeting 2019

Posted on March 22, 2019

Join us for our 62nd Annual General Meeting on April 10, 2018 7:00 pm at the Gorge Vale Golf Club, with keynote speaker Honourable Selina Robinson – Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing – RSVP to

Video: Winner of Non-Profit of the Year – 2018 Greater Victoria Business Awards

Posted on May 28, 2018

Victoria Real Estate Investment Expo

Posted on February 19, 2018

Proud to be the charitable partner for the Victoria Real Estate Investment Expo – March 3, 2018


The Market Stores Sponsor the Home Runners!

Posted on September 28, 2017

The GVHS Home Runners are participating in the Good Life Fitness Marathon running events on Sunday October 8, 2017.   This is our second year as an official charity of the CHEK Charity Pledge Program. The Market Stores are generously supporting us so we can find the motivation to finish the race!

GVHS on the List for PECSF Donations

Posted on September 6, 2017

We are so pleased to receive our first donation from the Provincial Employees Community Services Fund.  The support provided by Provincial Government employees has great local impact.

GVHS Able to Accept Gifts of Publicly Traded Securities

Posted on September 2, 2017

If you would like to make a gift of mutual funds or other securities, please talk to your finanical advisor.  You can use this form to facilitate the transfer. 
We are grateful to have received our first such gift from a client of Odlum Brown

Townley Place – new plans going to Saanich Committee of the Whole on September 19, 2017

Posted on September 1, 2017

We have taken several months to work with the neighbours and members of Camosun Community Association and are pleased to present our new plans to Saanich Council. Please write a letter of support or come and say a word or two at the meeting in the evening of September 19.


The Home Runners are Up and Running

Posted on August 6, 2017

Staff, board members and friends of Greater Victoria Housing Society will be running in the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon on October 8, 2017 as one of the CHEK Charity Pledge Program selected charities.
Join our team the Home Runners or make a pledge.   And don’t worry: you don’t have to run the marathon – most of us will be running the 8 km event!