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RDCK Housing Needs
RDCK Housing Needs
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City of Nelson, Town of Creston, Village of Kaslo, Village of Nakusp, Village of New Denver, Village of Salmo, Village of Silverton, Village of Slocan, RDCK Electoral Areas A-K

Regional District of Central Kootenay 

Completed September 2020


In December 2019, M’akola Development Services was engaged by the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) to complete a Regional Housing Needs Report for the City of Nelson, Town of Creston, the Villages of Kaslo, Nakusp, New Denver, Salmo, Silverton, and Slocan, and Electoral Areas ‘A’ through ‘K’ of the Regional District. The report provides staff, the Regional Board, participating municipalities, and community partners with a better understanding of local housing needs and will be used to guide policy formulation for the local and regional governments, inform land use planning decisions, and direct local and regional housing action.

Innovative Approaches:

Because of the small and rural nature of many of the communities in the region, data availability from Statistics Canada was a challenge for this project. On their own, many communities had issues with suppression. M’akola proposed an innovative sub-regional solution that pooled community data an enabled more in-depth analysis. Communities received a sub-regional report that included localized and regional data to limit gaps due to suppression.

M’akola also focused on quantitative data including surveys, interviews, and focus groups. Overall, more than 600 community members from across the Regional District participated in the study and each sub-regional grouping received an engagement report highlighting their particular needs.

In addition to traditional housing needs data, M’akola included a unique section of energy poverty after a specific request from the Regional District. Energy costs directly impact housing costs and this section will help local governments fully understand the different factors behind affordability.


  • Project Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Data and Analysis
  • Partnership Coordination
  • Report Writing
  • Staff Capacity Building