The growing housing demand has made modular housing popular in Canada. According to Become A Canadian, modular housing has already gained popularity in cities such as Vancouver and Toronto. They have been cited as one of the best solutions to homelessness.
Modular housing is also referred to as offsite construction or prefabricated construction. They are mainly manufactured in large, controlled factories with sections quickly assembled into modules.
An expert from Become A Canadian stated that modular housing would serve an important purpose in this era because of the surge in immigration levels.
“We know Canada will welcome over 450,000 permanent residents annually between 2023 and 2025. In 2022 alone, more than 435,000 new permanent residents were welcomed in Canada. With this increased immigration, a housing crisis might emerge,” she said.
Benefits of modular houses in the midst of looming housing crisis
Become A Canadian could confirm that the timelines for completing modular construction are 50 percent faster than with traditional houses.
The vice president of business development at NRB Modular Solutions, Andy Berube, also corroborated that prefab construction is faster.
He pointed out that the reduced timelines come from reduced schedules, minimized labor costs, streamlined supply chain issues, and less community disruption in construction sites.
However, an expert at Become a Canadian established that modular construction has a faster timeline and doesn’t make it less expensive upfront.
The Canadian government’s investment in the housing sector also shows great interest in modular construction. The government allotted 3,200 modular construction units in its Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) program.
In Andy Berube’s words: “The government’s investment in modular housing is a fantastic initiative to support housing construction to curtail the looming crisis.”