AHCP Seminar Series: Cooperative Housing: Canada’s Potential for a New Era of Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing Challenge Project is an initiative of the University of Toronto School of Cities. The AHCP collective brings together scholars from across the University of Toronto, who are researching issues related to housing affordability from different disciplinary perspectives, with the objective of working together to research, discuss and debate the causes, processes, policies and consequences of declining housing affordability.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 7:00pm EST
Via Zoom

Event Description:

Over the next decade, thousands of cooperative housing units across Ontario will be reaching the end of their mortgages, calling into question their ongoing maintenance and government support once established operating agreements lapse. At the same time, programs like the National Housing Co-Investment Fund (established in 2018), are also emerging to support cooperative organizations in maintaining their affordable housing options.

This panel brings together leaders in the Canadian Co-operative Housing sector to discuss how alternative housing tenure practices like cooperatives provide an important avenue for developing and maintaining affordable housing. In the context of growing housing crisis and a shifting policy environment, this seminar will assess the opportunities and challenges facing cooperatives over the following decades and beyond.


Thom Armstrong – CEO of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC, Community Land Trust Foundation and COHO Management Services

Claire-Hélène Heese-Boutin – Dufferin Grove Housing Co-operative tenant

Simone Swail – Manager, Government Relations, at the Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada

Moderated by Loren March – PhD Candidate, Human Geography, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

Instructions for Attending the Webinar (via Zoom):

Note, you must register for this event on Eventbrite to receive your access password. Password and details to access the seminar will be emailed out 10 minutes before the start of the event of the event (6:50pm EST). For accessibility purposes, closed captioning will be available.

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