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Building new co-op homes

Building new co-op homes

CHF Canada is helping build more co-op homes across Canada.

A group of adults and childrens stand happily together by a fence, holding up potted flowers

Neighbours garden together at Grace MacInnis Co-op.

A quarter million people live in thriving co-op housing communities; but most have long or closed waiting lists. We want all Canadians to have the option of living in a housing co-op.

In 2017 the Canadian government released the National Housing Strategy.

In 2018 CHF Canada’s members approved a Vision Framework with a simple ambitious goal: Co-op housing for all.

The Framework commits CHF Canada and our members across Canada to pursue:

  • Co-op-led  development (existing co-ops adding new co-op homes through infill or expansion)
  • Sector-led development (new housing co-ops developed by land trusts and partnerships).

CHF Canada’s role in development

Unified St. John opened 14 new co-op homes in January 2021

CHF Canada is advocating for better opportunities to develop and expand housing co-ops. We are also forging relationships with sector organizations (see sector-led stories, below).

CHF Canada is supporting member co-ops through education and referrals.

  • Summer, 2021: members will have access to more information and resources.
  • Fall, 2021: we will have a formalized list of affordable housing development consultants working in your region.

For more information, contact:

Melissa Estable   Manager / Co-operative Housing Development 
mestable@chfcanada.coop   (416) 366-1711, x 251


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