Facts and Figures
Across Canada, over 2,200 non-profit housing co‑ops are home to about a quarter of a million people in over 90,000 households. There are housing co‑operatives in every province and territory.
Canada’s housing co-ops by the numbers
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Housing co‑ops cost less to operate – about 14% less than municipal or private non-profit housing, according to a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) study of co‑op housing programs published in 2003.
About a third of all co‑op households pay a monthly charge geared to their income. Government funds cover the difference between this payment and the co‑op’s full charge.
Diverse communities - housing co-op demographics in Canada
Here are some statistics from research conducted by CMHC in 2003:
- 58% of co-op members are women
- 50% of co‑op households are female single-person or female single-parent households
- 11% are members of visible minorities
- 20% are immigrants
- 4% are of aboriginal ancestry
- 12% of households include a person with a long-term physical disability