Understanding Burnaby’s Changing Housing Landscape: A Guide to Provincial Legislation

In November 2023, British Columbia witnessed a significant shift in its housing policies as the provincial government introduced new legislation. These changes are set to ripple across the province, affecting communities far and wide, including our beloved city of Burnaby.

What exactly do these legislative changes entail, and how will they impact life in Burnaby? Let’s delve into the details.

The Impact on Residential Projects

One of the key areas affected by the new legislation is the approval process for residential projects. Traditionally, Burnaby has had certain restrictions on housing density within its neighborhoods. However, with the new rules in place, density limits are being relaxed. This means that we may see more housing units packed into smaller areas than ever before.

What’s Driving These Changes?

The driving force behind these legislative changes is the issue of affordability. By allowing for increased housing density, the aim is to address the pressing need for more affordable housing options. The provincial government hopes that by creating more supply, the demand for housing will be met more effectively, thereby easing the burden on residents.

Navigating the Changes in Burnaby

As a city, it’s crucial for us to ensure that our residents are well-informed about these changes and their implications. Whether it’s understanding the new approval processes or anticipating shifts in neighborhood dynamics, we want to equip our community with the knowledge they need to navigate this evolving landscape.

Addressing Common Concerns

Naturally, with changes of this magnitude, questions arise. Here are some common queries and their answers:

  • Will Burnaby Have to Implement These Changes? Yes, the provincial legislation is binding, and as such, Burnaby must adhere to the new rules.
  • What About Parking? With increased housing density, parking availability may become a concern. The city will no longer mandate off-street parking for certain residential developments, leaving parking decisions in the hands of builders.

Looking Ahead

As Burnaby braces for these changes, it’s essential to consider the broader implications. From infrastructure upgrades to accommodating population growth, there are many facets to address. The city is already looking into additional amenities such as recreation centers, parks, and libraries to support the growing population.

Community Engagement

While public hearings may become less frequent due to the new legislation, avenues for community input remain open. The city is committed to keeping residents informed and involved in the decision-making process.


Change is on the horizon for Burnaby’s housing landscape. By understanding the provincial legislation and its implications, we can better prepare for the future. Together, as a community, we will navigate these changes and continue to make Burnaby a vibrant and inclusive place to call home.

For more information and updates, visit the Province’s website or reach out to city officials. Let’s embrace these changes and build a brighter future for Burnaby.

Gary Gao, licensed Realtor® with Grand Central Realty, a licensed real estate brokerage in BC. Gary is also the principal of CitiDesign Build Inc., which is not affiliated with Grand Central Realty. CitiDesign and Gary are licensed builders in BC. Contact Gary.

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