Media Contacts

Dave Townsend

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
250 356-7098
250 889-5945 (mobile)


Facts about ALR housing flexibility
  • The size of a small secondary residence will depend on the size of the land parcel and the existing home.
  • On parcels 40 hectares or smaller, if the existing residence is 500 square metres (approximately 5,400 square feet) or less, a second residence of 90 square metres (approximately 970 square feet) or less can be built.
  • If the existing residence is larger than 500 square metres, then a small secondary residence for non-farm use would not be permitted. However, farmers can still apply to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) for an additional residence for farm use.
  • On parcels larger than 40 hectares, a second residence 186 square metres (approximately 2,000 square feet) or less is permitted, no matter the size of the first residence.
  • Landowners who had previously invested in a secondary manufactured home on their land have until Dec. 31, 2021, to ensure appropriate permits and authorizations are in place. This grandparenting period has been extended from the previous July 31 deadline.
  • Filing a notice of intent for soil/fill use to the ALC for the additional residence continues to be a requirement.