Local groups believe tiny homes may be part of the solution to housing struggles in Thunder Bay. Two non-profit organizations are pursuing funding for a pilot project to examine whether the small units are an effective way to provide lodging to those with low income or at risk of homelessness.

The Lakehead Social Planning Council (LSPC) and Habitat for Humanity plan to apply for provincial funding for the project through the Trillium Foundation. Bonnie Krysowaty, a researcher at the LSPC, says the funding would support a feasibility study to determine costs and identify barriers such as city zoning by-laws that may need to be addressed.

The concept is still new, but Krysowaty points to initiatives in other Canadian cities, such as Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Sherbrooke, Quebec.