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IN ONTARIO’S 2018 PROVINCIAL AND MUNICIPAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS, AFFORDABLE HOUSING BECAME A TOP CAMPAIGN ISSUE.
It remains a top priority for communities across the province as many Ontarians are feeling the squeeze in the housing market. In 2019, we will work with regional federations, co-ops and their members to push all levels of government to recognize that:
CO-OPS ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION.
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.
Lauren Pelley, CBC News: Toronto's new 26-member council will be sworn in on Tuesday — then the real business begins. First, there's the usual pomp and circumstance, and the election of a speaker and deputy speaker. Next comes the meat of the agenda for the first...
Bill Hutchins, Global News: During his inaugural speech, Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson says addressing the city’s crushing housing shortage will be a top priority during his first 100 days in office. The speech was delivered before a packed council chamber Dec. 4,...
Tess Kalinowski, Toronto Star: The Ontario government is expediting the sell-off of 243 surplus government properties.on 14,600 acres to raise between $105 million and $135 million in the next four years. The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada said it is...