Open the door to co-op housing
ON JUNE 7, ONTARIANS VOTE IN THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION.
Many low- and middle-income households are feeling the squeeze in the housing market. Co-ops are part of the solution. More co-ops will help meet the need for mixed-income, affordable housing.
Help us call on all candidates 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.
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Emily Mathieu, Toronto Star: Twenty-four years ago, Christine Mounsteven packed up and moved into what she hopes will be her last home, Charles Hastings Housing Co-op, one that by location and through affordable rent has resulted in an extremely high quality of...
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