Companion Housing

Supporting older adults to live in their community of choice.

Across Canada,
modern homes are twice as large as those built in the 1950’s,
but house half as many people.

We’re on a mission to connect those who need a place with those who have extra space.

Companion Housing Initiative

Many homeowners currently struggle with record-high housing costs, increasing social isolation, and a growing population of seniors. The companion housing initiative enables older Canadians to remain living independently, homeowners to cut down on their monthly costs, and connects compatible people to create a memorable living experience. 

Joining the initiative also creates incredibly valuable housing opportunities for members of the community who are most in need, like students, immigrants, refugees, and people going through transitions in their lives.

How does it work?

Happipad has partnered with several organizations across Canada to realize this initiative. Each partner organization will provide hands-on support for participants in their community.

Participants will complete a workshop and onboarding session to learn about effective ways to share a home with housing companions. Afterwards, participants will interview one-another and choose one or more housing companions they would like to live with. Support will be provided to organize the shared living arrangements, including setting household rules and expectations. There will be regular check-ins to help maintain happy and cooperative home environments.

This initiative is not intended to replace home care or assisted living.
All participants must be able to support their daily activities without reliance on others.

Home providers (Hosts)

Rent a room in your home to a compatible person. Maintain control of your home and set your own house rules to create a happy shared home.

Landlords

Do you have a 3+ bedroom home suitable for 55+ adults? Register as a home-provider to be matched with suitable groups of housing companions.

Renters (Guests)

Rent a room and build new connections with people you can enjoy spending time with. Rent for a few months or a few years for an affordable price.

Why companion housing?

85% of seniors want to age in place

According to the National Seniors Council, 85% of Canadian seniors report they want to age in place. The companion housing initiative is part of Happipad’s way of giving back and helping seniors to remain healthy and independent while building new social connections. We believe in a future where people of all ages can connect, interact, and help each other.

Interested in participating?

Would you like to participate in the program, or do you have a property you would like to rent? Complete our initiative interest form and we will get in touch with you.