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Ready, Set, Build!
7:00 am - 9:00 am
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Breakfast and tradeshow
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Welcome and opening plenary: Affordable housing in Northern BC
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Networking break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Making affordable housing a priority

We know we need more affordable housing, but how do we create it? How do we move towards common goals? How might we collaboratively identify regional barriers and opportunities? In this interactive, facilitated dialogue, explore how municipalities and housing societies can accomplish more, together.

Creating a capital plan

In this hands-on workshop, learn how to create a capital plan using BCNPHA’s Capital Planning Template, Asset Planner software and sample data.

Note: Shared laptops provided; you may bring your own laptop to learn how to use these tools in your own work environment.

Ready, Set, Build!

Note: This course starts on-line on May 22 and continues to July 10, with a face-to-face session at the RENT. For detailed info and to register, visit or email

You’ve seen the need for more affordable housing options in your community, and you’ve got an idea, a building site, and the commitment of your board. This course will help you successfully execute your development plan.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch, tradeshow & networking
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Models for affordable housing in small communities

Get inspired! Small communities often see themselves as lacking the resources to make affordable housing projects work. In this session, learn about models that have proven successful in other small communities—they may spark new ideas to try in yours.

Saving money through energy efficiency

Join BCNPHA’s Ian Cullis for an inside look at housing providers' building systems. He’ll show you what’s functioning well and where efficiencies and cost-savings can be found. Learn about rebate programs and how they can help your Society fund capital improvements.

Ready, Set, Build! cont'd

Time commitment and cost:
The online portions of this course require 3-5 hrs/wk for three weeks prior to and three weeks following the face-to-face session at the RENT. Generously sponsored by CMHC, the only cost is your RENT registration fee.

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Networking break
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Grand opening of the Tuck Seniors Housing Complex
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
What happens next? Planning for expiry of operating agreements

Join BC Housing and BCNPHA as we showcase the new Expiry of Operating Agreement Planning Guide, launched last fall. Session presenters will explain the guide and answer important questions about things to consider when planning for expiry. A lawyer specializing in the non-profit sector will help you understand the legal implications of expiring agreements.

Psychological First Aid: How to help tenants affected by trauma

As housing providers, we've come a long way in our understanding of the complex and often multiple traumas our tenants carry with them. In this hands-on session, we'll explore and practice a variety of simple ways to help tenants affected by trauma. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and small pillow if possible.

Ready, Set, Build! cont'd

By the end this course you will be able to:
• Identify key elements of an effective funding proposal.
• Know what to expect at each stage of housing development.
• Use the development approach that makes sense for your society.
• Know who the key players are in the development process and their roles.
• Assemble a development team that will deliver a well-built project that meets the needs of your society and its client group.
• Understand your responsibilities and obligations as an owner and those of other team members.
• Identify ways to create affordable housing outside of traditional government programs.
• Create successful partnerships.
• Use the market to create affordable housing.

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dinner hosted by BCNPHA Board (separate ticketed event)