10 Buttertubs Drive


If you are interested or wish for more information about these units or others offered by the Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society; please check back frequently as new projects will be added to our online application process as they become available.

10 Buttertubs Drive is now open. This building is designated for seniors who are capable of independent living. Rental rates for this property vary by unit. If interested in renting at this property, please complete and submit your application directly to NAHS by clicking on the “Apply Here” button.

Note: This building is not subsidized. Tenants may be eligible for the SAFER subsidy provided by BC Housing, which provides qualifying low- and moderate-income seniors with cash payments to offset their rental costs. The SAFER calculator provides details on how much monetary assistance is provided: Rental Assistance Program (RAP)/SAFER Calculator (bchousing.org).



The range of rental rates reflects the different sizes and layouts of the suites, views, as well as whether or not they have a balcony or outdoor access.

UNIT TYPE Studio 1 bedroom 1 Bedroom + Den 2 Bedroom
UNIT SIZE 385-505 sq/ft 520-555 sq/ft 610 – 745 sq/ft 765 sq/ft
RENTAL PRICE RANGE $500 to $1,250 $880 to $1,475 $1,315 to $1,665 $1,400 to $1,540

Click on Images for a Closer Look



All rental rates include hot water and access to washers/dryers to do laundry. Hydro and electricity are the responsibility of the tenant and are metered individually.



An optional amenity package is available that provides tenants with:

  • Three professionally cooked meals a day, served Monday to Friday. ($500 per month per person)
  • All units also have kitchens so tenants can cook for themselves
  • Internet/phone/cable bundle through Shaw ($126 per month)

In addition:

  • Optional linen/towel laundering service is available ($100 per month)
  • Optional membership with the BC Pensioners & Seniors Organization who will offer a variety of activities onsite for a nominal fee (please call 250-585-5748 to ask about a membership)




  • 4 Wheelchair accessible units
    • (203, 303, 403, 503). All other units have adaptable features. This allows them to be easily and inexpensively modified to meet residents’ changing requirements over time.
  • Walk-in Showers (all suites)
  • 2 Elevators


  • Designated Seniors Building (65+)
    (Singles and couples)
  • No-smoking property
  • View of Mount Benson and Buttertubs Marsh *some units*
  • Open Floorplan
  • Close to Bus Stop (400-450m) at Bowen Road – #30 & #40 Buses
  • Common area/dining room on the first floor
  • Onsite activities through BC Pensioners & Seniors Organization
  • Pet Friendly: One indoor cat (units without balcony or patio access), One small dog (ground floor units only). *Pets are subject to NAHS pet policy and require registration with the landlord.






How do I apply for housing at 10 Buttertubs Drive?

Applications must be submitted directly to the Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society. Our application process is online only. If you need assistance filling out your application, please consider the following local resources:

  • Public computers and printing available at Vancouver Island Public Library:
    • 90 Commercial St Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G4 Phone: 250-753-1154. (10 public computers, 15–30-minute time limits, printing available)
  • In-person support by staff at:
    • Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre – #2-4166 Departure Bay Rd Nanaimo, BC V9T 4B7 Phone: 250-758-5547
    • Nanaimo Family Life Association – 1070 Townsite Rd Nanaimo, BC V9S 1M6 Phone: 250-754-3331

How will I be contacted?

When there is a vacancy in a rental unit, NAHS representatives will email or phone applicants on the waitlist to set up an interview and begin the process of obtaining housing with our agency. You will be asked to bring up-to-date financial documents as well as a list of references to be contacted by NAHS staff.

Will there be staff onsite at the building?

Yes, Nanaimo Affordable Housing staff will be onsite during business hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed for lunch between 12:00-1:00 PM. If you wish to speak with a staff member regarding your tenancy, you will be asked to call and schedule an appointment.

Do I need to sign a lease?

NAHS offers month-to-month tenancy agreements that can be discontinued with one month’s written notice.

Is tenant insurance necessary?

Yes, the Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society will require all residents to have renter’s insurance that covers personal belongings and general liability proof of active insurance is required. If you do not yet have an insurance policy we will provide information on affordable renter’s insurance coverage.

Is 10 Buttertubs an Assisted Living Community?

While 10 Buttertubs is not an assisted living community, in many ways, our all-inclusive residence assists seniors in staying independent while they age. We offer similar amenities that many Assisted Living communities do; however, NAHS does not provide support for personal or medical care. Residents who require personal or medical support can arrange a private or publicly funded caregiver or home care agency to help whenever needed.

Is there parking available onsite?

Yes, 10 Buttertubs has parking stalls. These stalls will not be officially assigned until the building has reached maximum occupancy and until that time will remain on a first-come, first-served basis. Once this property is at maximum occupancy, NAHS will assign the stalls to those who wish to purchase a monthly parking pass, starting with residents who have a doctor’s note on file along with their disability parking pass. Any remaining stalls will be assigned by random draw to remaining residents who wish to purchase a monthly parking pass.

Is smoking permitted?

No. 10 Buttertubs is a no-smoking property. If a resident or guest wishes to smoke, they will not be permitted to smoke anywhere on the residential property including rental units and balconies. You will be asked to leave the property to smoke and remain 6 metres away from all windows, doors, and entryways of surrounding buildings.

Can I Apply for SAFER (Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters)?

Yes, you may receive SAFER in 10 Buttertubs:

To find out how much you would receive from SAFER (based on your own income) please follow the link below and answer a few questions to get a quote: https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/rental-assistance/rap-safer-calculator



What is included with the Shaw Bulk Package?

The Shaw Bulk Package includes the following services:

Popular TV

  • All Digital Programming with a robust channel selection
  • Up to 133 quality channels plus nearly 50 High-Definition Channels
  • 60 commercial-free Digital Music Channels
  • Access to hundreds of titles with Shaw on Demand
  • Free Range TV at home and on the go
  • Access to live Pay Per View (PPV) and On-Demand events (charges will apply)
  • One (1) complimentary rental receiver
  • Complimentary installation

Internet 15

  • Download Speeds (up to) 15Mbps, Complimentary Rental Modem
  • Upload Speed (up to) 1.5 Mbps, Free Shaw Go Wi-Fi access
  • Bandwidth 150 GB, Complimentary McAfee Internet Security
  • Complimentary installation

Home Phone

  • Local Phone Service Call Return
  • Free Shaw to Shaw Calling, Busy Redial
  • 3-Way Calling, Enhanced 911
  • Call Forward, Simultaneous Ring
  • Selective Call Blocking
  • Complimentary installation
10 Buttertubs Drive