Short for "Accessory" or "Additional Dwelling Unit", and also known as second units, accessory apartments, laneway houses, and in-law flats, ADUs are self-contained residential units. Including kitchen and bathroom facilities, these units can exist as stand-alone structures on a residential lot, or as attached/internal to the main residence.
An online tool intended to educate and inform, ADUSearch.ca is the first stop for property owners, policymakers, non-profit housing providers, and researchers interested in the availability of ADU-eligible properties in their community.
By looking at individual lots, neighbourhoods, and an entire city, users can get a sense of where ADUs currently exist, where they are possible, and how construction of further ADUs can be encouraged.
ADUSearch.ca is made possible by Family Services Windsor-Essex, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and the Government Of Canada.