Deal for 40 hotel rooms Cancelled at last minute due to ‘significant opposition’ from the community

As BC Housing announced plans to move homeless people in Vancouver and Victoria from large encampments to hundreds of hotel rooms and other spaces, a similar effort has faltered in Nanaimo.

Last week the BC Housing website showed the government had secured up to 50 spaces at two locations in Nanaimo, but on Saturday, that number quietly changed to just 13 — all of which are for women leaving violent situations.

BC Housing has confirmed the drop was due to a deal with a local hotel for 40 rooms that fell through before the contract was finalized.