Nanaimo Community Advisory Board

About the Nanaimo Community Advisory Board (CAB)


The Nanaimo Community Advisory Board (CAB) on Homelessness was formed to align leadership to oversee investments made in the Nanaimo region to prevent and address homelessness through the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy.

The Nanaimo CAB receives funding from Reaching Home to invest in solutions to end homelessness for Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the community.

Investments are guided by the Reaching Home: Nanaimo Community Homelessness Plan 2021-24 which was developed with input from community partners and updated regularly.

Community Homelessness Report 2019-21

Please click the links below to see the final 2019-21 report from the Government of Canada.

Final Report Summary (pdf)

Final CHR Report (excel)

Nanaimo’s Health and Housing Action Plan


The City of Nanaimo’s Health and Housing Task Force, the Nanaimo CAB (formerly the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition), and United Way BC partnered to develop a 5-year Health and Housing Action Plan (HHAP) to address health and housing priorities.

In early 2021, the Health and Housing Task Force endorsed the new Health and Housing Action Plan to meet the demands of our community and are now working to create a Governance Board to oversee the plans implementation.


1. Systems Coordination

2. Diverse Housing Options

3. Leadership and Engagement

4. Prevention

5. Complex Needs Capability

6. Poverty Reduction

COVID-19 Emergency Response in Nanaimo

COVID-19 Emergency Response in Nanaimo


CAB members have approved more than $1M in Reaching Home COVID-19 emergency funding to address the challenges presented as a result of the pandemic. Some of these programs include:

  • Warming centres for those unsheltered to warm-up during the day when cold, wet weather hits Nanaimo.
  • Overnight safe shelter for those facing homelessness within Nanaimo.
  • Emergency funding to help shelter spaces comply with COVID-19 health and safety regulations.
  • Offering essentials such as food, PPE, and warm and dry clothes through outreach programs.


Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy


What is Reaching Home?

The Nanaimo region receives funding through the Government of Canada's Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, which is a community-based program, funded by the Government of Canada.

Reaching Home aims to prevent and reduce homelessness across Canada. This program provides funding to urban, Indigenous, rural, and remote communities across the Nanaimo region to address homelessness.

Reaching Home supports the goals of the National Housing Strategy, in particular, to support the most vulnerable Canadians in maintaining safe, stable and affordable housing and to reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50% by fiscal 2027. 

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What funds does the Nanaimo Region receive?

Nanaimo is a designated community that receives funds through the Government of Canada's Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy.  Funding is provided through two project streams:

Providing funding to organizations in the city of Nanaimo that offer supports to meet the unique needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Providing funding to organizations who help support people experiencing homelessness, while working to reduce homelessness throughout Nanaimo, including on First Nations.

Coordinated Access System

Coordinated Access will help people facing homelessness access assistance in a coordinated and standardized way, connecting them with the support they need and placing them into housing more efficiently. Developing a Coordinated Access System for Nanaimo is a requirement of the Reaching Home program.