Mobile Tours





To participate in a mobile tour, please make sure to select that option when you register. Space is available on first-come, first-serve basis and there is no additional fee.

The mobile tour will be provided either via shuttle bus or walking. Keep in mind that if you have selected a walking tour, appropriate footwear should be worn.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Wednesday April 3rd

Bringing Dignity, Respect and Hope to Victoria's Street Community
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Walking tour (approx. 15 mins from the Victoria Conference Centre)

Offered by: Our Place Society

The tour of Our Place will include the main downtown facility located at 919 Pandora which encompasses transitional housing, a drop-in centre, a computer lab, a dining room, hygiene and dozens of other programs in the areas of health, education, employment and recreation. The tour will also include the new employment center, a short walk away.

Our Place is about people who have fallen through the cracks of society and find themselves clinging to the bottom rung. For more than 50 years, Our Place has been a sanctuary that offers hope and belonging to the lost and weary. It is a unique place where instead of ‘No’, we ask ‘How can we help?’ Staff embrace clients as Family Members because that is how they are treated. When a woman has been beaten, they offer medical aid; when a couple is hungry, they prepare a meal; when an addict is overdosing, they bring them back to life; when a homeless man has lost his sense of dignity, they offer a hot shower and clean clothes; and when mental health issues take one to desperation, they intervene to restore hope. Our Place is focused on creative solutions to major community challenges. In 2018 Our Place partnered to create a unique storage space for people without homes, served almost 1,000,000 nutritionally-balanced meals, opened a Therapeutic Recovery Community to break the cycle of criminality and addiction, a Next Steps to Employment program for people with multiple barriers, and an Overdose Prevention Site that saved almost 400 lives. 

T'Sou-Ke Nation's "Power to the People" - First Nations Leading the way to Sustainability
12:45 – 5:00 p.m.  – Please note the early departure time
Bus & Walking Tour  (a 45 mins to 60 mins bus ride to destination)

Offered by: T'Sou-Ke Nation

Sponsored by the Capital Regional District

T’Sou-Ke Nation is a leader in renewable and green energy particularly for off grid communities. This tour will begin with an Indigenous Welcome and Ceremony followed by a Solar Power tour of the community. The tour will include a demonstration of the use of Solar for “Off the Grid” remote First Nations, a demonstration of Net Zero – where all T’Sou-Ke administration buildings are Net Zero, and in fact most are net positive with T’Sou-Ke Nation selling power back to B.C. Hydro – and, a demonstration of the Community Micro Grid built on the back of the Canoe Shed. T’Sou-Ke Nation will share lessons learned and best practices, including discussing the planning hierarchy and how to work with Step Code to produce affordable high performance homes on Reserve.

From Shelter to Homes: A Snapshot of the Cool Aid Service Continuum
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Bus Tour  

Offered by: Victoria Cool Aid Society

Cool Aid creates opportunities for people who are homeless or living in poverty. We make a difference through housing, health care, support and emergency shelters. Founded in 1968, Cool Aid helps over 12,000 people in the Capital Region every year. Our vision is that no one is forced to sleep on the street or go hungry (we serve over 350,000 meals annually); everyone who needs supportive housing gets it; integrated health services to treat illness and promote wellness are available; and integrated services are provided to those with mental health and addiction challenges. 

The tour will start at Rock Bay Landing, Cool Aid’s (and the Capital Region’s) largest emergency shelter and end with a drive by of two Cool Aid owned sites that are under redevelopment, all within the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood.

Rock Bay Landing includes 84 permanent shelter beds and 23 transitional housing apartments. During the day Rock Bay Landing also provides drop-in services to the community at large. Residents have 24-hour access to their rooms, allowing a sense of freedom, dignity and autonomy. The facilities provide guests with access to storage, showers, laundry, computers, and dining facilities, and additional rooms for group work, education and counselling. Cool Aid’s Community Health Centre offers primary care outreach services twice a week in a dedicated medical room. With an emphasis on harm reduction, an Overdose Prevention Unit (OPU) operates 16 hours a day as a response to the opioid crisis. The tour will include a presentation by peer volunteers who assist in the OPU and participate in Cool Aid’s Neighbourhood Clean Team.

Poster boards will be on display in the dining lounge showcasing our two redevelopment projects in the neighbourhood, 210 Gorge East and 3020 Douglas Street, which will provide 156 additional affordable apartments (above the 73 existing supportive units) for individuals, seniors and families. The tour will end with a drive by of these sites.

Thursday April 4th

Indigenous Affordable Housing and Mixed Use Developments
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Bus Tour 

Offered by: M'akola Housing/M'akola Development Services

This tour will have three stops. The first will be to visit Regeneration/Densification of an existing 5 unit townhouse development into a 40 unit mixed-use development supporting social housing management.
The next stop will be at another Redevelopment /Densification project of an existing 17 unit townhouse into 118 units along with commercial space occupied by an Indigenous family services society and an Indigenous development consultant project manager.
The tour will conclude with a visit to an Indigenous Assisted Living Building.

Reimagining Redevelopment of Affordable Housing
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Bus Tour  (approx. 25 mins from VCC)

Offered by Vancity. Stops include: Anglican Diocese of BC, Mount Douglas Seniors Society and Greater Victoria Housing Society, Townley Lodge

This tour will take participants to two affordable housing projects in Victoria that are reimagining redevelopment and delivery of affordable housing in their communities. The tour will visit the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia’s Mount Douglas Seniors Housing redevelopment project, and learn about how the Diocese is leveraging their existing land and assets for the benefit of community and future generations.

The tour will also visit Greater Victoria Housing Society’s Townley Lodge redevelopment project, and learn about how the Society is strategically growing, and embarking on passive house construction. Both organizations are community partners of Vancity Credit Union, which has a mission to support the community housing sector in developing affordable housing. Participants will learn about Vancity’s impact real estate program and approach to building community assets through the use of innovative financial tools.

Innovative Models for Affordable Rental Housing
2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Walking Tour  

Offered by VancityCatalyst Community Developments Society Madrona @ Dockside Green

This walking tour will take participants to Dockside Green, a mixed-use, sustainable neighbourhood in Victoria, BC. There they will visit Madrona, an affordable rental project developed by Catalyst Community Developments Society, a not-for-profit real estate developer. Catalyst’s Madrona project recently won the 2018 Urban Development Institute Excellence in Urban Development Award for Non-Market Housing. Participants will learn about the project, and Catalyst’s entrepreneurial model to develop affordable housing through impact investments, and partnerships. Participants will also learn about Vancity’s involvement as one of the original developers of Dockside Green, and the credit union’s current impact real estate program and approach to building community assets through the use of innovative financial tools.

**Please note that tour times may be adjusted slightly in final programming**

Thank you to our sponsors



We are grateful to the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, on whose traditional territory the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s 2019 Congress will be hosted. 

Translation support for Congress 2019 has been provided by the Government of Canada.

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