Under one roof: Best practices for implementing intergenerational housing initiatives in British Columbia
As Canada’s population is experiencing a triumphant aging shift, it is critical to ensure adequate resources are in place to accommodate older Canadians. One of these resources includes age-friendly housing opportunities to safely house our senior friends, family, and community members. In addition to older adults, young adults need adequate housing opportunities, especially in British Columbia, where affordable options are difficult to obtain. To address both populations, there are intergenerational housing initiatives that work toward accommodating an aging population, housing affordability, and challenges that coincide with aging, such as social isolation. This research aims to gain insight into the current context of intergenerational housing initiatives in British Columbia between unrelated younger and older adults, specifically those between the ages of 18-29 and 65 and older. Using this enhanced insight, recommendations of best practices for implementing intergenerational housing initiatives between younger and older adults in British Columbia will be developed. This research works to assist planners, government officials, and housing providers in developing future intergenerational housing initiatives with respect to land use, funding, housing costs, and more.