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South Okanagan Intercultural HomeShare Program

The South Okanagan Similkameen is increasingly diverse with newcomers driving the socio-economic development of our communities. However, lack of housing is a challenge for many seeking to settle in the region. Become a host to give back to your community, earn some extra income, and meet some amazing new people.

Become a Host

What is shared housing?

  • Shared housing with Happipad is when you (the homeowner) rent a space in your home as affordable accommodations for those that need it. In this case, newcomers are looking for short-term or long-term rentals.
  • These newcomers are coming to work and begin building a life in a new country, which means they are fully independent. 
  • It is their responsibility to look after themselves in the home which includes cooking and cleaning up for themselves.
  • You will be helping ease their transitions to life in Canada!

Learn more about The South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services by visiting their website:



List your spare room

How it works

(as easy as 1, 2, 3)

Register as a host

Create a room listing

Match to compatible renters

A cultural experience with Happipad.

We have many singles and families arriving to the region from across the world making Canada their new home.

You could be a cornerstone in that process by opening extra space in your home and being part of a cultural exchange. You will be able to learn about their culture while they experience and transition into the Canadian culture!

List your spare room

Why host with us?

End-to-end support to create happy homes

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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.”

Paulette Facca

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!”

Dorothy Koebel


Create memories and make a difference in your community today.

Extra income – Vibrant home – Giving back

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Looking to rent?

Have a job offer in the South Okanagan but can’t find housing?

At Happipad, we’re committed to helping newcomers and local employees find safe, comfortable, and affordable housing options. Our home sharing platform allows you to rent a spare room in an established home, giving you a unique opportunity to live with a vetted, compatible homeowner while enjoying flexible rental terms. By joining the Happipad community, you’ll have access to a network of trusted renters and homeowners, all working together to make a positive impact on our community.

You can talk to South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services if you need some help. Phone: (250)492-6299

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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.