We need to grow our housing production capacity, quickly.
For years, B.C. has not been building enough housing. The size of the gap between what we have and what we need to build is enormous. The Government of British Columbia’s “Homes for People” action plan includes more than $11B of investment, but even more can be done with digital innovation. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) report “Housing shortages in Canada: Updating how much housing we need by 2030” forecasts that B.C. will need to add hundreds of thousands of new housing units by 2030.
DIGITAL is here to help. Under our Housing Growth Innovation Program, we’re working with collaborative project teams to develop new ideas, find what works and action solutions that grow our construction sector and build more homes for British Columbians.
DIGITAL is leveraging a $9M investment from the Government of British Columbia to harness data-driven digital innovation to help grow housing production capacity by focusing on three different types of opportunities:
- Digital Design focuses on the front end of the system during project due diligence and design stages. It looks at how the use of information, exploratory design and planning tools and set configurations can minimize service cycle times while enabling streamlined production options.
- Scaling Partnerships focuses on execution during construction and post-construction stages. It encourages the use of common digital tools, data and value chain engineering across multiple organizations to drive productivity growth.
- Catalysts is an open category focused on responding to pressure points as they emerge. By defining problems as they surface, developing solutions, testing and sharing the ones that work, this helps remove or mitigate friction points that slow growth and ensure no good idea is left unexplored.
Funding for these opportunities is available in one of two types of projects: Discovery Projects or Trial Projects.
Discovery projects are feasibility studies, assessments and proof of concept work to study needs, defined potential solutions and complete preliminary tests.
DIGITAL will co-invest between $50K to $250K for terms of up to 1 year to a maximum of 50% of total project costs.
Trial projects take defined solutions that have had some form of preliminary assessment and conduct pilot projects or full-scale trials.
DIGITAL will co-invest between $400K to $800K over a two-year period to a maximum of 50% of total project costs.
Successful projects will:
- Bring multiple organizations together to harness their creativity, passion and expertise to make a difference in addressing the housing challenges we see in British Columbia, across Canada and around the world.
- Grow Housing. Projects make an impact towards the production of new housing stock and accelerate the growth of housing production capacity.
- Strengthen Digital Collaboration. Projects improve how data and digital technologies can be used to strengthen alignment and coordination in digital permitting and construction. Teams will be free to select the productivity metrics and service standards they wish to prioritize.
- Share Knowledge. The results and learnings from projects will be shared across the innovation network to help others learn and grow. By sharing knowledge and practices, we can help accelerate the growth of production capacity.
- Grow B.C.-Based Companies The results of this project will help grow B.C.-based companies anywhere in the housing supply chain. As we grow together, B.C. becomes a North American leader in housing, including digital construction and permitting.
Mission Brief, EOI Template & Program Guide
We emphasize a collaborative approach to innovation where groups of complementary organizations work together to build stronger, more powerful solutions to big problems. As such, we invite teams of at least 3 organizations to come together and make your pitch.
We start with an Expression of Interest (EOI). This helps define the potential opportunity, start building out the core team and drawing line of sight to impact. For EOIs that are aligned, we then invite teams to submit a full project proposal. Download the EOI template, and when ready, e-mail to email@example.com.
EOIs are reviewed weekly and feedback typically takes 1-2 weeks after submission.
Explore Calls for Projects
Our Canada-wide Call for Proposals is OPEN! These co-investment funds focus on industry challenges and social issues that impact all Canadians.