Multigenerational Living Often Makes Sense. That Doesn’t Make It Easy

From the outside, we are enacting the best practices of urban family resource management. With rising housing costs and changing demographics, multigenerational living has finally gained social acceptance. Advocates trumpet its economic and emotional benefits.

Despite being so on trend, I don’t feel especially cool living with my mom. And even an hour from sunrise, I’m already exhausted.

In Canada, there are almost 442,000 multigenerational households, according to the 2021 census, a number that has swollen by about 50 percent since 2001. The figure would increase further if we expanded the idea of multigenerational living to include families residing in adjacent properties, such as laneway homes. Last January, the Trudeau government began offering a multigenerational home renovation tax credit at an estimated cost of $44 million over the next five years. That month, a Globe and Mail headline proclaimed that “2023 Is Shaping Up to Be the Year of the Multi-Family House.” The trend line is clear, and there may be no going back.

The reasons for that trend, at least in Canada, are multifaceted: an aging population and rising life expectancy, increasing housing costs, and shifts in the country’s cultural composition. Multigenerational households are more likely to be found among immigrant and Indigenous communities. In Nunavut, for example, 13.5 percent of all households are multigenerational.

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