What is an Accessory Suite?
An accessory suite is a collective term for the various types of suites - secondary suites, garden suites, and garage suites. Suites play an important role in assisting municipalities with affordable housing challenges by adding to the supply of affordable rental units in the community and helping to facilitate the ownership of entry level housing
Secondary Suite Garage Suite Garden Suite
WHY WOULD I WANT AN ACCESSORY SUITE?
Mortgage helper: With rising housing costs, purchasing a house with an accessory suite or adding an accessory suite can make it easier to facilitate the ownership of entry level housing.
Aging in place: Owners on a limited income can remain in their own homes longer by renting an accessory suite. Also, having someone close by can help to provide a sense of security.
Deductible expenses: There are a number of expenses that can be deducted against rental income, including, advertising, insurance, interest, repairs and maintenance, and utilities.
Allowing families to stay together: An accessory suite may provide a home for an adult child, elderly parents, or a disabled relative.
HOW DO I KNOW IF SUITES ARE ALLOWED IN MY AREA?
Accessory suites are allowed or considered in many districts of Canmore. see the map pdf here (1.77 MB) . Please note, an accessory suite is only permitted within, or on the same property as, a single-family detached home.
Contact the Town of Canmore’s Planning and Development Department, for more information at:
Phone: (403) 678-1543
Hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday