Open the door to co-op housing
IN JUNE, ONTARIANS VOTED IN THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION.
IN OCTOBER, WE HEAD BACK TO THE POLLS FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS.
Many low- and middle-income households in Ontario are feeling the squeeze in the housing market. Co-ops are part of the solution. We need all levels of government to come to the table to fix the affordable housing squeeze.
WE CALL ON ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO OPEN THE DOOR TO CO-OP HOUSING.
Check out the stories from co-op members from across Ontario
The 2,500-strong community — diverse in ethnicity, age and family makeup — has been a driving force of Atkinson Co-op for over 50 years.
Tamil Co-op Homes has gone through many changes since it was built in 1984, but it has always been a model of what a safe, inclusive and diverse community can look like at its very best. The original purpose of the co-op was to provide housing for Tamil refugees. Today, the largest ethnic groups represented at the co-op include members of Tamil, Burmese, Vietnamese, Filipino and Ethiopian heritage.
Growing up in Castlegreen Housing Co-operative, Sarah Jensen can’t remember a time before she started volunteering. At 7, she was sweeping up after community events. At 14, she became the co-op’s Community Garden Coordinator. And at 18, she became the youngest person ever to join her co-op’s Board of Directors.
The way Quinton Rodriques describes his childhood at Cole Road Co-op in Guelph, Ontario, brings to mind idealized visions of a long-ago era: “I always knew I could just knock on a neighbour’s door. All the kids from the co-op would play outside together all day, until it was time to come home for dinner.”
Your story matters
Here’s your chance to share your experiences with co-op housing. Tell us how living in co-op has made a difference for you – or share a great story about an experience in your co-op. You can do it with words, photos, video - or any combination of all three. When you have something to share, just send it to us.
Rajeshni Raidu-Ghelani, CBC News "Affordability is a major issue in two of Canada's largest markets. It's at crisis levels in Vancouver and poses a tremendous challenge for many Toronto-area buyers despite improving in the past two quarters," said Robert Hogue, senior...
Following the Ontario election, we have a new Progressive Conservative government as of June 29. CHF Canada’s goal was to make affordable housing a campaign issue and to get the parties to commit to co-op housing support. Ontario’s housing co-ops and the local...
CHF Canada - Election on June 7: What the parties’ are promising on affordable housing. With the election only days away, the parties have each shared their plans for Ontario should they form government. While all parties acknowledge that housing is a big issue,...