We are working to address Drumheller’s housing shortage. The solution is simply, community!
The Drumheller Valley Housing Strategy and the Travel Drumheller Destination Development Plan identified “securing housing for seasonal employees”, as one of the highest priorities in our region. To address this, Community Futures Big Country, Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce, Travel Drumheller, and the Town of Drumheller have collaborated to find a solution.
Happipad x Canada HomeShare is proud to partner with Community Futures Big Country to offer home sharing in Drumheller Valley. The dinosaur capital of the world, Drumheller hosts many post-secondary students and older seasonal workers annually, keeping the town’s booming tourism sector thriving and supporting local businesses.
Community Futures Big Country’s partnership with Happipad x Canada HomeShare is one facet of their multi-year strategic commitment to secure housing for seasonal workers — one of the region’s largest challenges and highest priorities.
Find a great renter.
Tourism is a significant economic driver in Drumheller, bringing countless visitors each year to the region. However, recent studies have identified labour shortages and housing constraints as major obstacles affecting our ability to provide a world-class tourism experience.
With the belief that the solution to the housing shortage is simply, community, Drumheller partnered with Happipad and Canada HomeShare to offer a home-sharing solution that connects homeowners with vetted, compatible renters.
Happipad platform provides:
- Comprehensive background screening
- Automatic rent payments
- Compatibility matching
- Renter conflict support
- Lawyer drafted rental agreements
Feel good finding a renter you can trust, we have your back every step of the way.
How it works
(as easy as 1, 2, 3)
Register as a host
Create a room listing
Match to compatible renters
A better way to rent
Happipad x Canada HomeShare home-sharing platform exists to help people share homes and connect homeowners with vetted, compatible renters. Host on your terms with flexible rental options, set your own house rules and meet amazing renters who want to make a positive contribution to the community.
Hosts do not need a business license and Happipad is compliant with rental bylaws. It’s easy to turn your spare room into extra income and to meet renters you will actually enjoy having around.
“The Badlands Amphitheatre in Drumheller requires 30-40 production professionals each summer to run programs. We are not able to find short term housing, so we host staff at our site in donated RVs. We are investigating other solutions but would welcome any options”
Vance Neudorf, Executive Director
“We hire seasonal staff on behalf of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, these students often travel across the country to experience a summer in Drumheller. They arrive to face the challenge of finding accommodation. The lack of housing has resulted in workers living outside of town, in vehicles or tents, or simply declining job offers … a home sharing solution would help!”
Kathy Little, Support Services Manager
Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce
“As a National Historic Site, we recruit from across Canada…at the moment short-term housing availability is a barrier to recruitment, and we often lose excellent candidates because they cannot find housing.
Home-sharing will help ease the issues with employee housing for many businesses in the region.”
Dr. Sarah Newstead, Executive Director
Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site
Why host with us?
End-to-end support to create happy homes
Our hosts love Happipad
“I’ve been a host with Happipad for a couple years now and have nothing but great things to say! I started with Happipad because I wanted to reach out to help students find a place, they can feel comfortable in and call home. Our current student is truly a part of our family.”
Host since 2019
“The whole idea of Happipad is a win both for the guest and the host. The selection methods, the security and safety, and your management of the program. I have learned how important building an operating agreement with my renter is.”
Host since 2019
“I was a bit hesitant when I first signed up, sharing your home with the unknown was scary . Happipad helped me through it. As it turned out we were both pretty pleased with our roomy and happipad!”
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Looking to rent?
Have a job offer in Drumheller or looking to rent out a spare room but can’t find housing?
We help seasonal employees, post-secondary students and older adults find safe and affordable housing options. Whether you’re a seasonal worker or living in Drumheller year-round, our home-sharing platform allows you to rent a spare room from an older home provider, giving you a unique opportunity to live with a long-time local during your time in Drumheller. Rental terms are flexible, and our team is here to support you at every step of your home-sharing journey.
By joining the Happipad x Canada HomeShare community, you’ll have access to a network of trusted home providers, all working together to make a positive impact on our community. Ready to get started? Click below to create your profile and start browsing rooms.
What is Happipad?
Happipad is a Canadian social enterprise dedicated to addressing Canada’s affordable housing crisis. Happipad connects hosts with compatible renters for home sharing. It offers a safe, reliable and intuitive platform for hosts to rent out their spare rooms and for renters to find affordable housing solutions.
Who is Canada HomeShare?
Canada HomeShare – our home share partner – is an intergenerational housing solution. Together with Happipad, we work to match older adult home providers with students and other older adults to create mutually beneficial living solutions. Our work aims to support aging in place for older adults while providing safe and affordable housing solutions for post-secondary students and other older adults.
How do Happipad and Canada HomeShare work together?
Canada HomeShare has established a dynamic partnership with the non-profit tech platform, Happipad. Serving as the seamless application overseeing all aspects of matching, payments, and interactions, Happipad brings efficiency to the forefront. Meanwhile, Canada HomeShare takes the lead in introducing participants and collaborators to the program’s invaluable benefits through the guidance of expert leaders in the field. By actively developing data based on user experiences, Canada HomeShare goes above and beyond, offering not only education but also an array of home-sharing resources to enhance the overall experience for all involved.
What are my responsibilities as a host?
As a host, your main goal is to create a warm and comfy space for your renter.
- Accommodation: Provide a furnished bedroom with essential amenities.
- Safety and Security: Ensure your renter feels safe and secure during their stay.
- Communication: Be an awesome communicator! Stay in touch and be open to any questions or needs they might have.
- Respect Privacy: Everyone needs their space. Respect their privacy and give them their own space to settle in.
- Access to Amenities: access to a shared kitchen, bathroom or common areas as agreed on.
- Cleanliness and Hygiene: Keep things tidy and clean. A fresh living space makes everyone feel good!
- House Rules: Set simple and friendly house rules for everyone’s comfort and convenience.
- Local Information: Share knowledge about your community and neighbourhood, such as shops to visit and how to use public transportation.
What are the eligibility criteria for becoming a host?
Becoming a host is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s life. To ensure a safe and inclusive experience for all, there are some eligibility criteria you should meet:
- Registration and background check: we require four documents for the background screening
- Valid government-issued identification such as a passport or driver’s license (front and back).
- Photo of yourself (selfie) holding your chosen identification document with the identification numbers visible.
- Recent copy of a utility bill – to confirm your home address.
- Void cheque or direct deposit form for monthly payment.
- Private Bedroom: You must offer a private and comfortable bedroom. Offering renters their personal space is essential for privacy and comfort.
- Furnished Home: Your home should be furnished and equipped with basic amenities. Refugees will be arriving with very few possessions.
- Safe and Inclusive Home Environment: Your home should provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive atmosphere. Respect for diversity and an open-minded attitude are key.
By meeting these criteria, you can create a positive hosting experience and contribute to fostering a supportive community. Together, let’s make a difference and embrace the joy of hosting!
How do I get paid a host?
The host and renter will sign a rental contract online through our platform. Happipad will collect and remit the monthly rent payment. Every month, the host will get paid on the agreed due date as per the contract. We handle it all for a hassle-free experience.
How does Happipad work?
Hosts and renters create profiles on Happipad, specifying their preferences and requirements. The platform uses matching preferences to suggest potential matches based on compatibility. Users can then connect, communicate, send and receive applications to find the perfect home-sharing match. Happipad also takes care of the rental agreement and payment process.
To register on our platform:
- Visit https://app.happipad.com/login
- Choose a registration type.
- Fill out your details and follow the steps to complete your registration.
How are hosts and renters screened for safety?
Happipad prioritizes the safety and security of our hosts and renters. We have tools in place to assist in verifying the identity of our users. We require every listing host and booking renter to be verified and complete their background check. Additionally, Happipad encourages users to leave reviews and ratings for each other based on their experiences. Please visit our page here for more information about our screening and verification process.
It’s really simple to reach our customer care team! Just visit our website and go to contact. We are available to assist you with any questions, concerns, or technical issues you may have.
Monthly rent is paid through the Happipad platform. The funds are then paid directly to the host.
Have any questions?
We’re here to support you throughout the entire hosting process by giving you proactive tips and suggestions to maintain a harmonious home environment. If you have questions you can contact us anytime.