Independent Housing

Located in central Nanaimo, Kiwanis Manor is ideal for active and independent older adults who desire subsidized apartments. While the Manor does not provide hospitality services, its very nature lends itself to a simpler way of ‘suite’ living. By reducing the demands of housework, tenants are able to enjoy time with neighbours and friends, while living in a safe and secure environment.

The Manor is exceptionally well-maintained. The 30 one-bedroom suites all have full kitchens, private patios or balconies and access to the large common lounge. Living at the Manor, tenants are encouraged to attend site-wide community events, fostering a strong sense of place and belonging.

Eligibility for Independent Housing

I am aged 55 or older

I have an annual household income at or lower than the BC Housing Income Limits See PDF

I am looking for affordable apartment housing

I am able to live independently and require no hospitality or care services

How much do I Pay

Tenants generally pay 30% of their after-tax income and are responsible for a security deposit and monthly utilities.

Can I receive Home care services

If you receive home care services from Island Health or any other provider, these can be continued or initiated when you move in.

Applications & Waitlist

Kiwanis does not accept applications directly, to find out more about eligibility or to apply, contact BC Housing Registry at
1-800-787-2807 or visit their website at

There is a Muti year waitlist, it is possible to view vacant suites.

*Tenancy Agreement follows BC Tenancy Act

Monthly Housing information sessions

Sessions are open to the public and do not require a reservation in advance.

They are held on the last Monday of each month at the
Frith-Radcliffe Auditorium in Kiwanis House
– 1233 Kiwanis Crescent.

Next Information Sessions:
Suspended at this time

We want to talk about dementia

We want to shine a light on our community which flourishes because of the diversity of people who live here. All of our villagers bring their own unique story and spirit to this place. For many years, we’ve been friends and neighbours to people living well with Dementia. Whether newly diagnosed, noticing the outer edges of this journey, or navigating each day with support and care, you are welcome here.

Dementia looks different for everyone, it’s progression, unpredictable. We respond with fluid care, mindful that today’s struggle may become tomorrow’s small victory. At Kiwanis we celebrate these moments, and find joy in unexpected places. We value open and honest communication.
If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Independent Housing, Supportive Living and Assisted Living?

Independent Housing at Kiwanis Village is for independent seniors 55 and older who require a rental subsidy. There are no services included in this type of housing, and eligible residents generally pay 30% of their after-tax income.

Supportive Living at Kiwanis Village is for independent seniors 55 and older who are able to pay privately for rent that includes hospitality services. These services include daily dinner, weekly housekeeping and linen service, a full range of social and recreational activities as well as 24-hour in-suite emergency monitoring. Supportive Living does not include scheduled personal assistance services, which must be arranged privately. Residents pay market rent for their apartment/services.

Assisted Living at Kiwanis Village is subsidized by Island Health. Island Health must complete an assessment to determine eligibility based on health needs. The services include daily lunch and dinner, weekly housekeeping and linen service, a full range of social and recreational activities, 24-hour emergency monitoring and scheduled personal assistance services. Eligible residents generally pay 70% of their after-tax income for rent/services.

Are there additional costs?

In all our buildings, there may be additional costs for the following:

  • Hydro
  • Telephone
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Additional meals not included with the rent
  • Security deposit
  • Parking
Can I see a suite?

To protect the privacy of our existing residents, we do not tour occupied suites. You will tour a vacant unit when your name reaches the top of the waitlist. Each level of housing and care has different types of floor plans including private rooms, studios, and one and two bedroom apartments. Images of our buildings are also available on our website and at our monthly information sessions.

I have already applied; where am I on the waitlist?

For each level of housing and care, there is a different application and waitlist process, some of which are held confidentially with BC Housing and Island Health. Kiwanis Village cannot provide feedback on current waitlist placements or vacancy timelines.

What do I bring with me?

For all levels of housing, you will need to bring all your own furniture and personal items to make Kiwanis Village your home. For Complex Care, private rooms are furnished with a bed, desk with drawers, a wardrobe and night table, but residents are also encouraged to bring pictures and other personal items as well.

Do you have a bus or other transportation that can take me to personal appointments?

Kiwanis Village has a 15-passenger bus for group activity outings, which is not available for personal appointments. There is a bus stop at the entrance to the Village and also personal transportation may be arranged through HandyDART. Bus passes and HandyDART Tickets are available for sale in our General Store.