To continue the proud tradition of building homes on our land and meet the Nation’s strategic vision of housing every Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Member within a generation, Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) requested that the Housing Policy be updated.

Staff from Ta na wa Shéway I7x̱w ta Úxwumixw (Planning & Capital Projects), Ts’ixwts’ixwnítway (Member Services), Nexwsp’áyaḵen ta Úxuwmixw (Community Operations), Ta na wa Ch’áwat ta Sx̱wéx̱wel (Squamish Valley Operations), Wa Ns7eyx̱ ta Temíxw (Community Lands), and Hiy̓ám̓ Housing are working together on this important project.

The Project Team can be reached at housingpolicy@squamish.net or 604-904-7474.

Huy chexw a (thank you) to those Members who expressed interest in joining the Housing Policy Community Working Group. The following were selected to represent different demographics including on- and off-reserve, Squamish Valley and North Vancouver, those with a house and without, as well as various age groups. The group held their first meeting on October 12, 2022 and met biweekly until February 2023 before shifting to monthly meetings.

Amy Baker (Off-reserve, North Vancouver, Adult)
Glen Campo (Off-reserve, Langley, Elder)
Becky Findlay (On-reserve, North Vancouver, Adult)
Andrea Jacobs (On-reserve, North Vancouver, Elder)
Uxwáluút, Jessica Natrall (On-reserve, North Vancouver, Adult)
Lats-mat, Mary Jane Natrall (On-reserve, Squamish Valley, Elder)
Jenna Vocal (Off-reserve, North Vancouver, Adult)
Yususult, Rosemarie Williams (On-reserve, Squamish Valley, Adult)

Approved Policies

The Housing Policy Framework, Home Construction Policy, Maintenance and Renovations Policy have been developed/revised and were approved by Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) in March 2023. Read more about each policy below.

Home Construction Policy

This policy provides clarity about the construction process for single detached houses on-reserve.

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Maintenance & Renovations Policy

This policy applies to the management of maintenance and renovations requests submitted to the Renovations Team of Nexwsp’áyaḵen ta Úxwumixw (Community Operations).

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Rentals Policy

We asked if Members should be permitted to rent their homes to other Members only. Of the 125 that responded, 72 said yes and 52 said no. To the question of whether those who are renting should be required to pay for expenses such as renovations, garbage, water, and sewer fees, 88 responded yes and 34 responded no.

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Project Progress

A number of engagement activities and opportunities for Members to provide feedback took place throughout 2022.

  • In January, a Housing History Timeline brochure was mailed to all households.
  • Two online community meetings were held in February. A Housing Q&A booklet was prepared based on the questions raised during those meetings. It was sent to all households.
  • The Project Team attended the Department Open Houses in May 2022 to gather input on various housing questions.
  • A Housing Policy survey was conducted in June and received over 130 responses.
  • In July, key Members who have expertise in different areas related to the Housing Policy were interviewed.
  • During the Amalgamation Day celebration, Members were invited to complete an interactive Housing Policy questionnaire.

As Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw honors the teachings of the past and shows respect to the ancestors by upholding their words, feedback from previous engagements was also considered: