The Canadian Dream: A home for everyone. Co-operative Enterprise in the Canadian Housing Market
The Canadian dream of a place to call home is a difficult policy question for decision makers and a deeply personal issue for 1.7 million Canadian households who struggle with housing affordability. As Canadians head to the polls for the 2019 federal election, public opinion suggests that politicians who ignore this issue do so at their own peril.
Co-operative enterprise has proven to be an effective answer to the lack of supply and affordability of housing across the country. Today, Canada’s housing co-ops are home to a quarter of a million people, and recent federal policies are opening the door to a renaissance of new co-operative development not seen in decades.
Join Tim Ross for a dialogue on the current policy landscape and the potential resurgence of co-operative housing as the answer to Canada’s affordable housing crisis.
Tim Ross, Executive Director
Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF)
With extensive leadership experience in housing and homelessness focused membership organizations, Tim Ross was appointed as the Executive Director of CHF Canada in 2018. Before moving to Ottawa, he was the Executive Director of the New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association, and worked at regional and national levels as a leading voice in the “housing for all” campaign in support of non-profit and cooperative housing. Tim believes that co-operative enterprise builds a better world.
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