Tiny Living Resource

The Tiny Living Resource is designed to provide you with information on where you can live tiny in Canada. As we collect the information from municipalities, cities, towns, and hamlets, we will add it to the resource providing a one-stop source for the details about living tiny in Canada.

Below is an explanation of our location rating system, the different ways you can live tiny and what is available in a location now. For specific information on any rating, visit that location's site.

Location Rating

This will quickly tell you whether you can live tiny legally in a given municipality, city, town or hamlet. From here you can investigate how you can live tiny there or why you cannot.

Yes

This location IS tiny home friendly

This location IS tiny home friendly. They have provided information indicating that they do support tiny homes as a housing option and you can legally live in a tiny home here. Check the city site for more details.

No

This location is NOT tiny home friendly
This city is currently NOT tiny home friendly. The city has either not provided the information requested acknowledging zoning that enables tiny home living or has indicated that they do not support tiny homes as a housing option. Check the city site for more details.

Unknown

This location's tiny home support is unknown

This location's tiny home status remains unknown. We have contacted them and requested an interpretation of their by-laws, but we have not received a response to date. Help us complete this Resource by contacting the location and asking that they provide us with an interpretation.

Icon Descriptions

Vacant land/building lot

Location: rural, suburb, urban
Many tiny homeowners look at purchasing vacant land or a building lot to put their tiny home on. While this is currently the only option in many cities and municipalities, tiny homeowners really need to consider the pros and cons of locating their tiny home on them.
Note: The icon colour changes to indicate the status of this option in a location.

inFill Housing

Location: suburb, urban
Tiny homes located on a lot that has an existing residential building is referred to as inFILL housing. The tiny home becomes an auxiliary or secondary dwelling on the property providing an independent and complete living space. InFILL housing will not work in all locations.
Note: The icon colour changes to indicate the status of this option in a location.

Pocket Community

Location: suburb, urban
Pocket Community cooperatives provide an affordable solution for living in a city, in a tiny home. The cooperative owns and manages the property, with some sites occupied by cooperative members and other sites rented to non-member tiny home owners. As coops are nonprofit organizations, site rentals for members and non-members are expected to be affordable, while offering in-city living. 
Note: The icon colour changes to indicate the status of this option in a location.

Tiny Town

Location: rural, suburb
Tiny Towns are planned to be sustainable, green, off-grid communities, connected to their host city via public transit and supporting their host city through Tiny Town taxes. Cooperative ownership of the towns is being explored as a way to ensure Tiny Towns remain an affordable housing option for future generations.
Note: The icon colour changes to indicate the status of this option in a location.

ARTO Program

Location: Pocket Communities, Tiny Towns
ARTO stands for our Affordable Rent To Own Program and provides a means for singles, couples and young families with 1-2 children on social assistance to rent a home that they can own through community service hours. Program participants will own their own home by providing 3,840 community service hours (32hrs/month over 10 years).
Note: The icon colour changes to indicate the status of this option in a location.

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Unknown Status

Waiting for information

We have sent a request for information to the Planning and/or Zoning departments asking for interpretation of their current zoning by-laws regarding tiny homes. As of this time we have not received updated information, so the Unknown status has been applied to this type of tiny home location, in this city/municipality.

Help us update this information by contacting the city/municpality and asking them to provide us with their current zoning interpreatations.

Not Available

Location Not Available

This status is applied in multiple cases:

  1. In the case of a TinyTown, before a town has been established, this is the default setting for this location type.
  2. In the case of a Pocket Community, this is the default setting until a community is established.
  3. In the case of the ARTO-Program in a city/municipality, this is the default setting until the Program is Active.
  4. Where a city/municipality has responded to our inquiries stating tiny homes are not allowed in a particular location, this status is applied.

Under Review

Currently Unavailable
The city/municipality is currently reviewing their zoning by-laws with regard to this location type. Changes could result in this form of location becoming available in the future. To encourage the allowance of tiny homes in this location, we suggest you contact the city/municipality and find how you can become involved in the review/consideration process. Remember, even if you don't want to live in a tiny home, you can encourage acceptance of this housing option, because it makes sense for some people.

Allowed

You Can Live Tiny Here

Some restictions may apply.

The city/municipality has confirmed that you may live in a tiny home in this location. There still may be some restrictions that you will need to be aware of and we encourage you to contact the city to confirm any that apply. Restrictions may include:

  • tiny home type: with wheels or on a foundation
  • neighborhood location
  • urban/rural location
  • building style restrictions
  • tiny home size

TTA Commentary

We are working to develop and maintain up to date information in this directory. In an effort to do this, we regularly poll the cities and ask that the cities inform us of their zoning status, as well as changes that affect tiny home living. If you come across information that is incorrect, out-dated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we can follow up with the correct authorities.

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