Canada's first temporary modular housing project opened today in Vancouver.
Mayor Gregor Robertson says the 40-unit complex at Main and Terminal was desperately needed as costs hit record levels last year.
"It can be home here to 40 units of affordable housing for people who desperately need more secure housing in Vancouver. We are in an affordable housing crisis here in Vancouver, particularly impacting people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless."
Each of the 40 units are at least 250 square feet in size and contain individual kitchens and washrooms.
Robertson says the temporary 40-unit complex won't be removed for at least three years.
People who are living here at least have the security that they can be here while this project is in place so there's a measure of security with that. Within those three years we are going to see many hundreds of units, hopefully, thousands of units of permanent housing created."
Each of the 250 square foot units are for rent at shelter rate of 350 dollars a month.