What is a secondary suite?
A Secondary Suite is a separate dwelling inside a single detached house with separate cooking, sleeping and bathroom facilities.
Secondary Suites must have an entrance separate from the primary house, either from a common indoor landing or directly from the side or rear of the house.
A Secondary Suite can be created through the conversion or development of a basement or other interior space.
Duplexes, semi-detached houses, townhouses and apartments do not qualify for Secondary Suites, Garage Suites, or Garden Suites.
What is a garage suite?
A Garage Suite is a dwelling located above or attached to the side or rear of a detached garage which is accessory to a single detached house. A Garage Suite has separate cooking, sleeping and bathroom facilities.
A Garage Suite has an entrance either from a common indoor landing or directly from the exterior of the garage that is separate from the vehicle entrance to the garage.
What is a garden suite?
A Garden Suite is a self-contained, single-storey dwelling which is separate from the principal single detached house. It has separate cooking, sleeping and bathroom facilities.
What are the benefits of developing secondary suites?
Secondary suites provide affordable rental accommodation and can be developed relatively quickly compared to other forms of rental housing. Also, the rent that homeowners collect from a suite helps pay their mortgage, making home ownership more affordable.
Please refer to the diagrams below for a graphic illustration of each of the above.