A secondary suite is a separate living area contained within a single-family dwelling and functions as a self-contained living unit complete with a kitchen, bathroom and at least one bedroom. It may share common space on the same floor with the primary residence, for example, a laundry room. The suite must also have at least one access door leading directly outside the dwelling.
A secondary suite is not a separate housing unit with its own Certificate of Title, nor can it be stratified similar to a duplex or townhouse unit. A suite will not be assigned a separate address by the City or be eligible for separate services, such as garbage and recycling.