Are container houses legal in Canada?

January 5, 2021

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  1. Container houses are technically legal in Canada. However, the law is not as simple, and extensive research is required before choosing to buy or build one.

    • General Canadian law classifies shipping containers as buildings. They are therefore held to the same building code standards as normal homes under construction.
    • Even though they can technically stand without the construction of deep foundations, the law requires that concrete padding be constructed for them to rest on to prevent sinking into generally weaker earth.
    • Not all parts of the country deem it legal to construct container houses. Therefore, it is necessary to conduct thorough research into the building laws of a town or city before venturing into construction.

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