Gabriola Housing Society

Working for affordable housing on Gabriola


Gabriola Housing Society respectfully acknowledges that we live and work on lands that are part of Snuneymuxw First Nation territory. We are grateful to the Nation for their traditional stewardship of these lands.

Gabriola Housing Society is a non-profit, registered charity. Our vision is:
Affordable, comfortable, secure rental housing for Gabriolans of all ages who have low to moderate incomes.

Read about our proposed building site at Paisley Place. Find answers to the most frequently asked questions on our FAQ page. If you have questions or concerns please use our contact information at the bottom of this page. All technical documents relating to our proposal may be found on the Islands Trust Gabriola Applications webpage under Gabriola > Current Applications.

News Update—June 2022

Rezoning completed

On June 16 the Local Trust Committee adopted the three bylaws required to rezone Lots 1 and 2, north and east of Paisley Place for affordable rental housing for people with low to moderate incomes. The bylaws are #306 (Official Community Plan); #307 (Land Use Bylaw); and #308 (Housing Agreement Bylaw). Bylaw #308, which, among other things, defines who will be eligible to apply for the housing, will be registered on the property title as a covenant.

AGM Report

  • Board Reports: At the 2022 GHS AGM on May 25, Board President Nancy Hetherington Peirce made the 2021 Directors’ Report and Barry Loescher delivered the 2021 audited Financial Report. Both answered questions from members about their reports.(These Report pdfs may be downloaded from the GHS Annual Board Reports webpage).
  • Special Resolution, carried unanimously:   “1. That Section 2.1.ii of the Society’s Bylaws be amended to: “Membership shall be open to any person who is a permanent or part-time resident  or holds land in the Gabriola Trust Area, or who is a recognized member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.”   2. That Section 2.1.iii of the Society’s Bylaws be amended to add the words “if any” after the word “fee”.”
  • Board Elections: Carol Hemrich was elected as Director for her 1st two-year term. Barry Loescher was elected for his 2nd term. Nancy Hetherington Peirce and Jenni Gehlbach were both elected to their seventh consecutive year.

Ongoing work

Meanwhile, the generous anonymous donation received earlier in the spring is allowing our engineering and architectural design work to continue to the shovel ready stage. At recent meetings we discussed designs for the common building at the heart of the development.

In January, BC Housing announced on their website that invitations to apply for the next round of Community Housing Funding will occur some time in the next 24 months. When we apply, our success is much more likely if we have our IT rezoning completed and our site planning at the “shovel ready” stage. In the meantime we count on YOUR continued financial and community support. Thank you!

For more information about BC Housing’s Community Housing Fund:

You Can Help Us

One of the best ways you can help is to make a tax-deductible donation. GHS is a registered charity. Use our Canada Helps website form button to make your donation—they will issue your tax receipt. Or you can send an e-transfer to or cheque directly to GHS.

Did you know you can receive Gabriola Housing Society (GHS) membership for only $5?

Your membership entitles you to vote at Annual and Special General Meetings, and you will receive GHS news directly by email. You will also know that you are helping to build more affordable and secure housing on Gabriola.

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