Multi-Generational Homes On The Rise

Demand for multi-generational housing is on the rise in Canada. Municipalities and builders should take note.
January 22, 2011, 11am PST | brlaven
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Whether it's boomerang children returning home or retirees angling for more face time with the grandkids, an increasing number of Canadians are choosing to reside in multigenerational family groups. And both builders and municipalities are taking note, with flexible housing options and a loosening of zoning restrictions.

While multigenerational living is not unusual in many parts of the world, "the norm in Canada has historically been small nuclear households," says Barbara Mitchell, professor of sociology and gerontology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.

Now, however, "we're seeing a rise in multigenerational families across cultural backgrounds," she says, adding: "Immigration has shown us how other types of households can work."

Thanks to Blake Laven

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Published on Friday, January 21, 2011 in The Globe and Mail
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