The completion of BC Housing’s new supportive housing development on White Road in Duncan has been delayed again.
Peter de Verteuil, the City of Duncan’s CAO, told council at its meeting on Nov. 6 that the construction company that has the contract with BC Housing to build the facility, Alberta-based Nomodic, has filed for bankruptcy.
“BC Housing is exploring other options with its legal counsel on how to continue on with this project, and that’s going to take some time,” he said.
“[BC Housing] has secured the site and is doing its best to move forward, but it’s obviously going to provide a further delay to the project that has already seen a few at this point. It’s unfortunate.”
The completion of the 50-unit supportive housing project at 260 White Rd. in Duncan was originally planned for the end of 2022, but delays in getting the modules onsite and other complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the bankruptcy at Nomodic, have pushed the anticipated project completion date to at least the spring of 2024.
The project is one of two that BC Housing earmarked for the Cowichan region that are intended for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness in the area.
The two facilities are part of a commitment between the province, through BC Housing, the Municipality of North Cowichan and the City of Duncan to build 100 supportive homes in the region.
The first project, a 52-unit facility on Paddle Road in North Cowichan, was completed and opened in April, 2022.