Using a qualitative approach, Hub Solutions conducted a study to better understand the concept of house-sharing in Canada and internationally. We reviewed academic and grey literature about house-sharing, focusing on the benefits and challenges of house-sharing and policy and legislative considerations.
We then conducted a full scan of house-sharing models within and outside of Canada. The scan identified 92 house-sharing models and revealed information about the target population, recruitment, and matching processes, key responsibilities for operators, challenges faced, and funding structures. In-depth interviews with representations were conducted with the following six groups:
- Regulatory/Planning Authority,
- Community partners,
- Social Housing Providers,
- Landlords/Developers, and
- Indigenous Housing Stakeholders.
As a result, the interviews provided an opportunity to gather more insight and data on house-sharing models.