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How These Two Women Are Trying to Legalize Tiny House Living in BC


Two women, Sam and Stasia, co-founded the BC Tiny House Collective in 2016 to legitimize and legalize tiny houses in the province of British Columbia, Canada.  They now have thousands of people supporting them, and over a hundred volunteers to help with everything from building tiny houses and analyzing research data, to updating their website.

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They’re using a 3-pronged approach to try and legalize tiny houses in their area that seems very interesting and effective:


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1) Educate and engage with the community;

2) Research to find out who is interested in tiny houses and what current barriers (legal or other) prevent tiny houses in Vancouver and municipalities across BC;

3) Pilot projects to observe and reflect on what works and what doesn’t before legalizing on a large scale.

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We really admire these two ladies and the incredible amount of passion, thought, and time they’ve put into this project to support and encourage the tiny house movement in BC.

To hear more about what they’re up to, watch the video below:

VIDEO: These Two Women Are Trying to Legalize Tiny House Living in BC

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Danielle Chabassol
Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.

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  • Dan December 8, 2017, 11:27 am

    Just an idea as I try to be an advocate for human rights when possible…
    Quite seriously though people with disabilities and older people are often at a disadvantage in the workplace and often make less money that others. Having a minimum square footage requirement is discriminatory (in my opinion) and needs to be addressed so that everyone can own a home. Has anyone considered filing a Human Rights complaint with the appropriate agency? Food for thought.

    Great article!!

  • andrea December 8, 2017, 5:51 pm

    I love what your doing , we need alternatives like this , especially in Vancouver . This is affordable .

  • Tom Osterdock December 8, 2017, 11:36 pm

    This is great. Keep us informed Ladies. We all can use this information for our own fights with the established old rules that are very discriminatory to not just elders and disadvantaged people but everyone in general. Might be able to have many homeless off the streets if these were leagle in all areas of Canada and the US.

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