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Clark says Ontario encouraging innovative housing options

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LANSDOWNE -- Steve Clark, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, says the province is taking steps to help create more and different types of homes, giving Ontarians additional housing choices at a price they can afford.

Tiny homes are less costly to build and maintain, making them more affordable than traditional housing. The province's new Build or Buy a Tiny Home guide offers practical advice about building or buying a factory-built tiny home that complies with Ontario's Building Code.

It's the second in a series of guides highlighted in More Homes, More Choice: Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan.

"We know that the demand for alternative, innovative and more affordable types of housing is growing," said Minister Clark. "Our innovation housing guides provide important information about different types of housing, so that people can make well-informed decisions about the type of home that best meets their needs and budget."

Clark joined Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke for today's local launch of the guide and also thanked the township for embracing the concept by amending its zoning bylaws to accommodate tiny homes.

Municipal zoning bylaws affect whether and where you can build a tiny home. Some municipalities, like Leeds and the Thousand Islands, have embraced creative and innovative housing options in their bylaws and their approach to housing.

"I wanted to be here to give Mayor Smith-Gatcke and her council credit for the township's forward-thinking approach to housing and to thank municipal staff for the input they provided in helping my ministry develop the guide," said Minister Clark.

"We are excited to work with Minister Clark's vision within our own township to encourage small homes and other relevant development to address and fulfill the ever-growing need for housing," said Mayor Smith-Gatcke. "Our township's council and planning department are dedicated to look for ways whereby we can address this important need."

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