Sparrow (sparrowshare.com) is a Canadian homesharing platform and community that matches hosts with spare bedrooms and people seeking budget-friendly places to live.
As Canadians age, many dream of remaining in the homes and neighbourhoods they’ve come to know and love. In fact, 86 per cent of urban Canadian older adult homeowners want to live in their homes for as long as possible.
Homesharing presents a viable solution to help achieve this — where hosts rent out unused spare bedrooms in their home to like-minded housemates in exchange for rent (and possibly added help around the house). This solution helps hosts to generate passive income — up to $1,200 per month — and build social connections, while renters benefit from access to quality housing, typically below market rates.
A CCEA study estimated there are five million empty bedrooms in Ontario. Based on census data, Sparrow estimates that there are over 12 million empty bedrooms across Canada.
Sparrow places safety at the centre of its services, embedding identity verification, background checks, homeshare agreements, and screening interviews into its matching process. The platform also includes compatibility matching to enable better connections based on habits, lifestyle, and living preferences.