Tiny homes, also known as tiny houses or micro homes, are a type of alternative housing that has gained popularity in recent years as a potential solution to the affordable housing crisis. While there is no definitive data on the impact of tiny homes on the affordable housing crisis in Canada, there are a few studies and reports that provide some insight into their potential benefits and limitations.

One study published in the Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability found that tiny homes can be a viable and cost-effective alternative to traditional housing for low-income households, particularly in urban areas where land is expensive and scarce. The study analyzed the cost of building and operating a tiny home in the city of Vancouver, and found that it was significantly cheaper than renting or owning a traditional home.

In 2018, BC Housing, Light House and the BC Tiny House Collective began exploring this topic more thoroughly in hopes that this research could advance knowledge, and pave a way forward for municipal governments, industry, future homeowners, and the public to better understand this form and the feasibility of tiny houses. Read full repost here.

 

Another report by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) examined the potential of tiny homes as a form of affordable housing in Canada. The report found that tiny homes can be a cost-effective option for certain groups, such as first-time homebuyers, seniors, and single-person households, but that they may not be suitable for families with children or those with mobility issues due to their small size. The report also noted that tiny homes could be subject to the same zoning and building regulations as traditional homes, which can limit their availability in some areas.

Overall, it seems that tiny homes may have the potential to help address the affordable housing crisis in Canada, but they are likely to be most effective as part of a larger, more comprehensive housing strategy that includes a range of options for different income levels and household types.