About the Peer Learning Network (PLN)
It was announced in September 2023 that the Province of B.C., Ministry of Housing is partnering with PIBC to develop and implement a new Peer Learning Network (PLN) to support local government staff with their counterparts across the province. The need for a PLN was identified during consultation with stakeholders as part of the Province’s Development Approvals Process Review (DAPR). Through the PLN, participants will:
- Share knowledge, best practices and experiences with adjusting to new development approvals-related legislation.
- Receive education and capacity building about DAPR initiatives.
- Learn about local government-initiated improvements to aspects of their own development approvals process.
The Province has provided PIBC with $500,000 CAD in funding over 3 years for the development and implementation of a PLN. Click here to read the Ministry of Housing's official press release.
As PIBC continues its work on developing and implementing the PLN, please visit the links below for current updates and resources.
PIBC Peer Learning Network Survey - Closed February 16
Thank you for providing valuable input to the PLN. Survey closed at 4:00 pm (Pacific) February 16, 2024.
PIBC PLN Webinar #1 - Ask A Lawyer: Provincial Housing Legislation on February 23
This webinar is aimed at practitioners working in planning, local government, housing and development interested in learning more about new Provincial housing legislation.
- Click here to view this webinar recording on PIBC's YouTube channel.
- Click here for Janae Enns' presentation (PDF)
- Click here for Don Lidstone's presentation (PDF)
PIBC PLN Lunch & Learn: Provincial Housing Legislation and the North on February 29
This free lunch and learn event in Prince George is for local governments, practitioners, and others who want to learn, share emerging practices, and participate in facilitated discussions around implementation of the new provincial housing legislation in communities across Northern BC. This free event is open to both PIBC Members and Non-Members. Registration is now closed.
Planning West Magazine - Call for Submission for "The Housing Issue" by March 15
We are looking for submissions for the Spring 2024 issue of Planning West - The Housing Issue. Please contact our editor if you want to share your thoughts and expertise on emerging practices, process recommendations and tips on addressing downstream implications. Click here for more information on submitting to Planning West magazine. Submission deadline: March 15, 2024.
As noted in the Province's press release (December 7, 2023), below are important timelines for legislation and the accompanying regulations and guides to deliver homes to people faster as part of the Province’s Homes for People action plan. Click here to read the Province's Press Release (December 7, 2023).
- Regulations for Bill 35, 44, 47 deposited;
- Province designates interim TOD Areas and policy manual released; and
- Small-scale, multi-unit housing policy manual provided to local governments.
Housing Needs Report guidance provided to local governments.
Feb. 29, 2024
Local governments’ requests must be submitted to opt out of the principal-residence requirement.
May 1, 2024
- Principal-residence requirement (including definition of exempt areas or accommodations), changes to legal non-conforming use protections; and
- Short-term rental hosts will be required to display a valid business licence number on their listing, where a business licence is required by a local government.
Guidance provided to municipalities to update Official Community Plans and zoning bylaws.
June 30, 2024
- Local governments must have designated TOD Areas bylaw and removed minimum residential-parking requirements; and
- Local governments must have updated their zoning bylaw to accommodate small-scale, multi-unit housing requirements (except in areas where they have applied for an extension).
Jan. 1, 2025
Local governments must have completed their interim Housing Needs Report.
Dec. 31, 2025
Municipalities must update their Official Community Plans and Zoning Bylaws (based on the interim Housing Needs Report). Guidance provided to municipalities to update Official Community Plans and zoning bylaws.
All PIBC members are entitled to make use of Quickscribe Online (CivicLaws) through to April 1st, 2024, at which point your access will simply discontinue. This service will make it easier for you to navigate, research, understand and keep tabs on relevant annotated local government legislation and related information.
The legislation on this site is routinely updated several months before any other source including legislation on BCLaws. The new version of the service now includes a new “Ask Bill” (Buholzer) feature that will provide you with legal guidance through the new planning and land use reforms. Quickscribe also plans to introduce a fully searchable version of the SSMUH and TOA policy manuals in the coming weeks.
This Quickscribe training video will help to point out the key features of this made-in-BC service.
You must create a personal password prior to accessing your account.
- Go to: https://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/login/
- Enter the following temporary username as “pibc1” and password “pibc2” *case sensitive
- Create your own personal username (email address) and password as prompted by the Account Upgrade Wizard
- Await an email from Quickscribe and click on the activation link within.
PIBC PLN Updates
Click on dates and links below to learn more about PIBC's Peer Learning Network updates.
February 5, 2024 - PIBC outlines the priority actions, approaches and timelines for the PLN.
February 1, 2024 - PIBC outlined the next steps in the initial planning of the PLN.
Resources & Events
UBCM Housing Summit (Feb 13 - 14, 2024)
The Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) is hosting a summit in response to the continuing crisis in housing affordability and attainability throughout the province. This event will take stock of recent provincial legislation aimed at increasing the supply of new homes and the significant spike in provincial population over the past year from a local government perspective.
Webinar Series for Local Government Staff (January 2024 - Ongoing)
The Province of British Columbia is hosting webinars to support local government implementation of Bills 44, 46, and 47 and other new legislations and regulations. Each webinar is designed to provide technical overviews of the requirements along with a question-and-answer period.
Visit the Local Government & Housing web page for upcoming webinars, webinar recordings and presentation materials.
*PLEASE NOTE: The above webinars and related resources for local government staff are provided by the Ministry of Housing. Please contact PLUM@gov.bc.ca with any questions.