Lodging Houses Review

As finding affordable housing becomes more of a challenge, lodging houses become a more critical component of filling the gap for people with lower incomes who are unable to afford conventional housing. The City currently licenses lodging houses however, the number of licensed lodging houses is limited because they are mainly permitted in the downtown core.  This has led to a number of illegal lodging houses to operate throughout the City to meet the demands of those looking for affordable housing options. Therefore, staff are moving towards a city-initiated review in 2021 of the lodging house regulations and policies to expand the licensing program to meet the demand and provide safe, well-maintained and affordable places to live.​