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Tenant Connection Newsletter #12

Posted on September 9, 2020

Time for Self-Care

As BC enters its sixth month of pandemic-related accommodations, there are many things we have gotten used to, like masks and hand sanitizing, and many new challenges we face every day, like how to safely send our kids back to school.

Many of us are being required to learn new ways of doing everyday things. In-person visits to banks and Service Canada have been replaced with online systems and phone calls that can feel overwhelming at times. We at GVHS would like to extend a sincere ‘thank you’ to each of you for navigating all the changes and difficulties with grace.

In this Tenant Connection Newsletter, we provide some free and low-cost self care options for you to explore. Take care of yourselves.

GVHS Newsletter Issue 12 Sept 9

Tenant Connection Newsletter #11

Posted on August 28, 2020

Public Art in Our Community: The City of Victoria, Capital Regional District, District of Saanich, and Township of Esquimalt have partnered to create a searchable online Public Art Inventory. Read more, and learn about Electronic Fund Transfer and other topics, in this edition of the Tenant Connection Newsletter.

GVHS Newsletter Issue 11 Aug 26

Photo: The Salish Sea, artwork by Tsartlip Nation artist Chris Paul. Courtesy Oak Bay News.

Tenant Connection Newsletter #10

Posted on August 12, 2020

This issue provides useful information on emergency planning. Did you know that we should all be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours, in case of an earthquake or other emergency? Here are some tips and resources that you can use.

GVHS Newsletter Issue 10

Townley Place Now Accepting Pre-Applications

Posted on August 10, 2020

Studio & One-bedroom apartments in the 3-story apartment for seniors 55+ and persons with disabilities. Three & Four-bedroom townhomes for families. Rents are Affordable Market Rates. 

Pre-application Townley

The Parsons at Brentwood Celebrates Grand Opening

Posted on August 7, 2020

Greater Victoria Housing Society and partners mark opening of new affordable housing building in Central Saanich

August 7, 2020


Central Saanich, BC – Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. The Greater Victoria Housing Society, the Government of Canada, BC Housing, and the District of Central Saanich today celebrated the grand opening of the Parsons at Brentwood, the newest affordable housing building in the region. 

This is the first building for Greater Victoria Housing Society on the Saanich Peninsula and is designed to provide affordable rental housing for seniors and people in the local workforce.

The building is named after a former Board member and longtime Central Saanich resident, Peter Parsons, who prior to his death in 2007 was a very active volunteer in the community. 

As current public health guidelines do not allow for a large, in-person grand opening event, GVHS has prepared a Grand Opening Video, which can be viewed and shared here

This project was graciously supported through various grants and loans by BC Housing, the Government of Canada, VanCity, and the District of Central Saanich.

The architect is Joe Newell Architect Inc. and the contractor is Kinetic Construction, Inc.

The total cost of land and construction for the 24,000 sq. ft. building was $9.723 million.

We respectfully acknowledge that the land on which The Parsons is located is the traditional territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ people which includes W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) and SȾÁUTW̱(Tsawout) First Nations.


“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home that meets their needs. This is why we are pleased to announce the official opening of The Parsons, which adds forty new affordable rental homes that will serve individuals, couples, and seniors in this wonderful community of Central Saanich. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this project a reality.” 

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation 

“Safe and secure homes are needed now more than ever. This housing will provide peace of mind for the people who will call this building home, and we are working with our partners across the Capital Regional District to deliver more affordable homes for people.”  — The Honourable Selina Robinson, B.C. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing 

“I thank the Greater Victoria Housing Society and our government partners for bringing 40 new affordable rentals to our community. These homes will assist seniors and those working locally as well as adults with disabilities. We know that finding affordable rental housing in the region is extremely difficult and Central Saanich is working to provide a diversity of housing options, including rental units.” — Ryan Windsor, Mayor, Central Saanich

“We are very pleased to be able to offer affordable homes to residents of the Saanich Peninsula. Bringing a building to completion is a collaborative effort, and we give our deepest thanks to everyone who worked with us to make the Parsons at Brentwood possible.” — Lisa Edwards, Chair, Board of Directors, Greater Victoria Housing Society

Quick Facts

  • The Parsons at Brentwood is located at 7247 West Saanich Road.
  • The building features 20 studio units, 18 one-bedroom units, and 2 accessible units. 
  • Units feature vinyl plank flooring, full size fridge and stove, and in-suite storage in some units. Hot water is included, and bicycle storage, laundry and parking are available on-site.
  •  For rental information: [email protected].
  • The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the B.C. Government jointly contributed $4.5 million through the Social Infrastructure Fund.
  • The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS), an ambitious 10-year, $55 billion plan that will create 125,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 percent.
  • To address the issue of housing affordability for British Columbians, the Government of B.C. is curbing speculation in the province’s housing market and building 114,000 affordable market rental, non-profit, supported social housing and owner-purchase housing through partnerships.
  • Budget 2018 launched the most significant investment in housing affordability in B.C. history – more than $7 billion over 10 years. As a result of that investment, more than 23,000 new homes are completed or underway in communities throughout B.C.

Associated links:

As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s aim is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home they can afford, and that meets their needs. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.

To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit  

A map showing the location of all announced provincially-funded housing projects in B.C. is  available online at:

To learn about the steps the Province is taking to tackle the housing crisis and deliver affordable homes for British Columbians, visit:



More information:

Jessica Eritou

Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

[email protected]  


Leonard Catling

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

[email protected]  


Media Relations

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

778 584-1255


Media Relations

BC Housing

[email protected]


Kaye Melliship

Executive Director, Greater Victoria Housing Society 

(250) 384-3434 extension 32

[email protected] 


Tenant Connection Newsletter #9

Posted on August 5, 2020

We hope you are all enjoying the warmer weather. There are many opportunities available to us now that were not possible a few months ago. While we are all cautiously increasing our social circles and activities, GVHS reminds all tenants that new outbreaks and rising case numbers in BC require that we all continue to remain vigilant. To ensure we are doing all we can to stop the spread, please observe the requirements described in this week’s newsletter.

GVHS Newsletter Issue 9

Tenant Connection Newsletter #8

Posted on July 15, 2020

Be Kind. Be Calm. Be Safe. – Dr. Bonnie Henry

These recent months have taken a personal toll on so many of us. Isolation, financial changes, drastic changes to our daily routines, and heightened anxiety are just some of the ways we’ve all been impacted. Many of us have noticed a plunge in our good natures and natural resiliency. Empathy and compassion can go a long way towards helping to heal us from these struggles.

Recently, there was a sign posted on a telephone pole near our head office. It said, “You have no idea what other people are dealing with in their lives. So just be kind. No matter what. It’s that simple.”

We at GVHS share that sentiment. We strive to make every building a safe and respectful place for tenants, staff, guests, and contractors. Everyone is aware that bullying and threatening behaviour are not acceptable from anyone. But restoring our resilience and humour will take more than the absence of toxic behaviour. Every day, we can put ourselves in others’ shoes, and imagine: if that were me, how would I want to be treated?

There are, and will always be, many differences between us all. But greater than that are our similarities. We all wish for kindness and ease in our daily interactions with others. By cultivating an appreciation of each person’s contributions to the world – no matter how small – we can strengthen our relationships, our neighbourhood, and our community. We can listen, and be open to different perspectives. We can consider whether our actions will adversely affect those around us.

With so much uncertainty in the world, we often overlook opportunities to thank and compliment the people in our daily lives. We can express our appreciation and gratitude, even for small things. It makes other people feel better, and it nourishes us as well. We can overlook small missteps. We can seek small opportunities to be helpful.

Together, let’s make this a happy, peaceful, and safe place for everyone.


GVHS Newsletter Issue 8 July 15

Tenant Connection Newsletter #7

This pandemic has had far-reaching effects and entailed sacrifices big and small. Looking forward, our resilience, patience, and kindness will be what we remember most.

GVHS Newsletter Issue 7

Tenant Connection Newsletter #6

Posted on June 16, 2020

You may have noticed that we have shifted to biweekly publication for our Tenant Connection Newsletter. As GVHS community needs are changing during the progression of the pandemic, we are adapting our communications to ensure we continue to engage meaningfully with you.

GVHS Newsletter Issue 6 June 11, 2020

Tenant Connection Newsletter #5

Posted on June 12, 2020

In this issue: grocery shopping safety, Government of Canada benefits finder, and a weekly puzzle.

One of the things you can do to shop safely is to shop in off-peak hours. Some stores like Thrifty’s, Quality Foods, Country Grocer, Whole Foods, Red Barn Market, Save-On-Foods, and Shoppers Drug Mart offer early morning hours just for seniors, immuno-compromised people, and people with disabilities. Check with your preferred store to see if they offer this, and what the hours are.

GVHS Newsletter Issue 5