Cortes Community Housing

It’s happening!

affordable year round housing
for community members
of all ages.


Q: Can you provide a timeline for when there will be new units available for occupancy?

A: BEST CASE SCENARIO: IF BC Housing approves our first phase of building 4 additional Seniors Cottages before the end of 2019, then we will start construction in 2020, depending how early in the spring we begin, then these units will be ready to occupy by late 2020 or early 2021. We will also follow up with another BC Housing grant application in 2020 to fund infrastructure (water, sewage, roads) for 20 more units in 2021 with phased housing construction through 2022. Best case scenario = 3 years for occupancy of new units on the new land.

Q: Who has been hired on contract?

A: Ian Scott as Project Consultant, Sandra Wood as Project Co-ordinator, Hayley Newell as Administrative Assistant, Cathy Winter as Book Keeper.

Q: How will donated funds be used?

A: First the land was purchased with donations and loans. Now we are doing the community consultation and design work together with RWA Group as our Architects for the cluster housing concepts, with technical support from engineers and consultants on the infrastructure planning of water & waste systems, roads, power and all the other pre-construction details including a rezoning application. When completed, this “shovel-ready” project plan will be submitted to BC Housing to fund the actual construction of new affordable rental housing on Cortes Island.

Q: Waste Water Systems? The septic system in the Seniors Village already has sufficient capacity to handle the sewage requirements of the 4 cottage expansion of the Seniors Village. We are working with Ron McMurtrie & Associates to design an advanced Waste Water system for Rainbow Ridge to handle all the on-site septic needs for 20 future rental units.

Q: Freshwater/Stormwater? We have hired a hydrogeologist who will design a stormwater management system for the property, determine aquifer capacity for drinking water, and design a surface water testing system for the Rainbow Ridge property that protects the watershed and reverses some of the damage incurred by the last clear cutting on that land.  We are working in collaboration with FOCI on lake stewardship.