Are You Interested In Being A City Councillor Or Mayor?

Visit the Civic Centre or call 204-822-4434 to find out more.

Founder of the Tiny House Festival, and advocate for micro homes across Canada Lisa Chessari, came to Manitoba last week to push for clear municipal zoning regulations around tiny homes.

The Tiny House Festival is a not-for-profit organization working with tiny home supporters across the country to provide sustainable affordable housing for Canadians.

Chessari was successful in rallying tiny home supporters in and around Winnipeg last week, during her fifteen day cross country trip. Chessari was invited to Winnipeg by Mini Homes of Manitoba Inc. which has been working for almost two years on changes to bylaws and zoning to make tiny-home living legal in Manitoba.

The tiny-home movement became a reality in Manitoba in 2015 with an open house for the first tiny home sold in the province. The couple Anita Munn and her husband Darrell Manuliak, founders of Mini Homes of Manitoba Inc., started the concept in Manitoba encouraging more interest from prospective buyers, millennials and retired folk as the movement takes its next steps. They want to start a "tiny home" village by co-purchasing land with a group, providing they attract enough interest.

Chessari said after her fifteen day trip across the country she held over eleven educational events.

"It was amazing to seeing just how many people showed up. We had city Councillors, city planners, directors and economic development people talking to us about what can be done for affordable housing projects. Ultimately it is not just a tiny house on wheels, it's a whole concept of allowing tiny or micro homes on co-purchased land, providing the opportunity for people to share the land, and make it more affordable for everyone. "

Chessari went on to say she learned so much traveling across the country, and she did not know what to expect from the different provinces, noting the lack of affordable housing was an issue they all shared.

"With a recent economy shift in Canada the new generation of millennial is looking for something they can afford without having to slave for a mortgage that can almost never be paid back. The goal of the meetings I held across Canada in May was to educate people on how to become developers, builders and establish a conversation on how they can build their own micro housing community, or establish their own project," explained Chessari.

Chessari added municipalities have been very open to the idea of micro homes and villages, as long as the tiny house is up to code, and the composting toilets are replaced by flushing ones, noting officials from rural areas in Manitoba are in the beginning stages of their tiny home project.


For more information on tiny and micro homes:


tinyhouse 06012017

More Local News

Falk Discusses Gun Law As Well As Slowdown In Illegal Migration

Provencher Conservative MP Ted Falk says he is disappointed the Liberal Government is proceeding with Bill C-71 which would amend regulations for firearms. The bill received Third Reading last month…

Winkler Resident "Miraculously" Recovers Grandfather's 1931 Ford Model A

A Winkler woman says the car her grandfather purchased over 80 years ago in Memphis has miraculously found its way back to the family. While in the market for an antique car, Julie Myers says her…

Mural Unveiled For 50th Anniversary

Supporters of the Morden Community Thrift Shop waiting with baited breath for the unveiling of a new mural in celebration of the shops 50th anniversary. Designed by Neil Fehr, the mural was designed…

Tractor Trek Goes Back To Its Roots

Tractors crossed the prairies to support the work which goes into mental health. The 11th year of the signature fundraising event for Eden Foundation, Visit the Villages Tractor Trek's funds will be…

Winkler Jr Rifle Club Wins Provincial Awards

Local youth took home a number of awards at the Manitoba Junior Rifle Clubs 64th Annual Championship. 165 kids from all over Manitoba participated in the Championship, hosted in Winkler earlier this…

Morden Fighting For Water Quality As Algae Grows

The City of Morden is working diligently to figure out how to avoid future outbreaks of large algae blooms that effected water quality last summer. Currently, Deputy City Manager/Operations Dave…

Farm Safety Includes Keeping Kids Off All Machines

Kids should not be taken on farm machinery at all, according to safety experts who want to keep children safe over summer. On Saturday, June 23, a four-year-old boy was riding in a utility trailer…

Rabbits Eating Your Garden? Here's What You Can Do

Residents in Altona and area have reported a high number of rabbits nibbling away at their gardens. Carla Hrycyna is the host of CFAM Lawn and Garden Journal. "I think over the year we're seeing more…

Interest Rate Hike May Benefit Seniors

While the rising interest rate puts more pressure on borrowers, seniors may see their annual income rising. Many financial institutions settled at 3.7 percent for the Prime Borrowing Rate Wednesday…

Local Runner Honoured For 40 Consecutive Years In MB Marathon

A Winkler resident is among a handful of runners in the Province to take part in the Manitoba Marathon for all 40 years. Suderman has also been an organizer of the Thanks For Giving Run in Winkler… is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide