For the past three decades, the Southern Gulf Islands (SGIs), including Salt Spring, have been embroiled in an ever-worsening housing crisis. More than half of renters endure housing costs greater than 50 percent of their incomes, the workforce necessary to support the tourism-reliant local economy lacks anywhere to live, and more than half of property owners are part-time islanders.


Southern Gulf Islands, BC, January 28, 2021 | Southern Gulf Islands Tourism Partnership (SGITPS) today announced its successful selection into Stage 2 of the CMHC Housing Supply Challenge second round, “Getting Started.” The original Partnership to prepare the proposal involved the Mayne Island Housing Society, Galiano Affordable Living Initiative Society (GALI), and Gulf Island Galisle Affordable Rental Housing Society. Dubbed the SGI Housing Coalition,the group has since expanded to include the Pender Housing Society, the Salt Spring Housing Council and Salt Spring Solutions. Read more about this challenge in CMHC’s media release.