One of the keys to helping employers find and keep staff is ensuring there are affordable housing and child care options in the region.
Recently announced plans for a new mixed-use development on the corner of Douglas Street and Burnside Road East will help.
The project will transform the site of the old Tally-Ho Hotel, which had been turned into temporary supportive housing for 51 people. Those tenants will have the option of moving into 54 supportive housing units being built. The Victoria Cool Aid Society will provide meals, life-skills training and counselling to help tenants overcome challenges that have put them at a higher risk of homelessness.
The project will also include 100 rental units for individuals, seniors and families who have moderate or low incomes. As well, Beacon Community Services will operate on-site child care with 36 spaces to help parents who are going back to work or school.
Construction is expected to finish in late 2023.