Homes for Living is a volunteer organization focused on improving housing afffordability and availability for people across Greater Victoria. The rankings are based on housing track records, public statements on housing, platforms, and replies to our housing survey. Rankings DO NOT represent a political endorsement and voters are encouraged to do their own research. The data pertains exclusively to housing, those interested in other issues should consider information provided by other organizations and research candidates independently.
Despite being surrounded by major employment, educational, and cultural centers, Oak Bay municipal government’s record on construction and forwarding development proposals to public hearing has lagged significantly behind Victoria, Saanich, and Esquimalt.
As a result, Oak Bay has only seen four new housing units voted upon at public hearing during the current term; by contrast, Esquimalt, which has a similar population and geographic size, has seen roughly 1,500 new housing units voted upon at public hearing during the current term. The evaluations below attempt to capture these nuances and features unique to Oak Bay. As such, we have included how incumbents voted on projects that did not make it to public hearing including proposals at 2326 Oak Bay Avenue (14 condos) and 713 Patrick Street (6 rentals).
Note that Oak Bay had fewer pro-housing candidates than council seats.
Note that there is a different weighting for incumbent councillors vs new candidates since we are able to use more data points (notably their voting record) for incumbents. See the detailed methodology or the summary below.
The total score is the summation of individual sub scores defined below:
Housing Reform Score - A score for incumbents' voting record on key housing reforms. In Oak Bay this included the legalization of suites and progressing the Oak Bay Infill Housing Strategy.
Vote Tracker Score - A score for incumbents representing their voting records for individual housing projects at public hearing (and two significant projects at other council hearings for Oak Bay).
Survey Score - A score for all candidates representing the total points given for the answers on the Homes for Living survey.
Platform Score - A score given to all candidates on the quality and content of their housing platform.
Public Statements - A score for new candidates given for public comments on housing.
Scores and rankings were assembled by volunteers carefully reviewing data and public information on candidates' positions and records on housing. Spot a mistake? Email us to have it reviewed.