In response to the current homelessness crisis in Greater Victoria, the former Tally Ho hotel was purchased in March of 2017 by the Victoria Cool Aid Society, with the support of the Provincial Government. Our short-term goal is to make use of the hotel’s existing 52 rooms to operate as housing for adults in our community who are living with mental health and addiction challenges and need support to stay housed. Our longer term plan is to redevelop 3020 Douglas Street with supportive and affordable housing and commercial space.

On November 24, 2017, the City of Victoria approved a “Temporary Use Permit” for the site, to allow Cool Aid, for up to three years, to house and support up to 52 individuals at 3020 Douglas Street and also to provide health services on site for these tenants. We expect to be able to move tenants in before March 31, 2018. A very happy new year for some of our most vulnerable citizens.

There will be no drop-in services during the period of the Temporary Use Permit, nor a Supervised Injection Site. Finally, there will be no shelter services on the site — only housing.

Cool Aid will seek to rezone and redevelop the site in two phases to provide much needed affordable housing in addition to the 52 supportive housing apartments that will continue to form part of the long-term plan. Phase one, the half of the property fronting on Burnside, will be redeveloped while the front half continues to operate under the Temporary Use Permit. Once Phase one is complete the Phase two redevelopment (including demolition of the former hotel) will be able to commence.

Read more about the Tally Ho in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Neighbourhood Involvement and Process

Cool Aid is committed to working with the neighbourhood to develop a vision for the site that is consistent with both the Official Community Plan (OCP) and the Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Plan. We look forward to starting the visioning process with our neighbours and other stakeholders. We invite everyone to join us to share your ideas and perspectives. The next community meetings are being held:

  • Thursday, February 8th at 6 pm at the 3020 Douglas (Tally Ho) Banquet Hall
    (enter and park on the North side of the building, 3020 Douglas Street)
  • Saturday, February 17th from 2 to 4:30 pm at the Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Road

Cool Aid is committed to a fair, public process for the proposed rezoning and redevelopment and will follow these principles:

  • Adherence to Official Community Plan policies
  • Adherence to Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Plan policies
  • Engagement with the neighbourhood throughout the planning and land use approvals process

A rough timeline for the proposed longer-term redevelopment follows:

Fall 2017 to Spring 2018: Comprehensive planning of the site, seeking neighbourhood input throughout

Spring 2018 to Fall 2018: Application to City for permanent rezoning of site

Spring 2019 to Fall 2020: Construction of first phase

Dear Neighbors of the former Tally Ho,

At our meeting on November 30th, it was requested that we hold a meeting in December to address outstanding questions and concerns.

Our next community meeting will be Wednesday December 20th from 6 pm to 8 pm in the banquet room of the former Tally Ho. As requested, representatives from VicPD, BC Housing and City of Victoria Planning will be present. As well, a document in a Q and A format, addressing the key themes of the concerns raised at our initial meeting will be distributed in advance. Please share this email with your neighbours – not everyone who came to the last meeting provided contact information.

Our focus for this upcoming meeting will be on the next 6 months – what will operations look like, what can you expect from Cool Aid, BC Housing and VicPD, and how will we address any concerns as they arise.

At this meeting we will only touch briefly on the future vision for the site, primarily addressing any outstanding questions regarding zoning and land use that were raised at our initial meeting. A City Planner will be in attendance to provide clarity if needed.

Future meetings, beginning in late January will focus on the redevelopment. We are tentatively  looking at the afternoon of Saturday January 27th for those to begin.

If it is determined that separate meetings are needed to address operational issues then those meetings can be arranged; and neighbours are welcome to attend Rock Bay Landing Good neighbour Committee meetings – the next one is scheduled for January 9th at 5:00 pm at Rock Bay.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the process outlined.

Kind regards,

Kathy Stinson CPA, CMA, CIHCM
Chief Executive Officer


Kathy Stinson, CEO or
Alan Rycroft, Community Relations
(250) 383-1977