It's time to think differently about affordable housing and what's possible in Toronto.

On June 4th, prepare to be inspired:

Something exciting is happening in British Columbia: thousands of units of non-market affordable rental housing are being built in and around Vancouver through an innovative new model of affordable housing development. Not reliant on senior government funding or ongoing operating subsidies, the model is built on a unique partnership with the City, non-profits, and social finance institutions.

Meanwhile, the City of Toronto has identified 11 sites of public land for development, the Port Lands will become developable within the next 10 years, and there are non-profits with land & building assets across the city trying to figure out what to do with them. Can B.C. show us a way to seize these opportunities to solve Toronto’s affordable housing crisis?

Thom Armstrong, Executive Director of the Co-op Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC), and one of the key architects of B.C’s model, in conversation with Debbie Stewart, Vice President of Partnerships with the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), will discuss the model and his experience in Vancouver with a focus on the possibilities for Toronto.

This event will bring together City of Toronto staff, non-profit and public housing providers/agencies, non-profit developers, social finance institutions/foundations, co-op housing members, university administrators, churches, housing researchers, housing policy experts, and affordable housing advocates to discuss the opportunities, challenges and steps that can be taken today to start moving towards realizing our affordable housing potential.

Background reading:
“Vancouver Community Land Trust Foundation: Examining a model for long-term housing affordability,” by Kristin Patten.

For more information, email Melissa Goldstein at
Learn how you can be part of real solutions and a new way forward:

Building our way out of our affordable housing crisis:
What B.C. can teach us about maximizing the affordable housing potential of public land & non-profit assets

June 4th, 2:00-4:30pm
UofT: 100 St. George Street, Sidney Smith Hall, 2nd Floor Auditorium

Do you have a specific project or idea you would like bring forward to discuss with Thom Armstrong in a small group setting?

We wanted to take advantage of Thom's availability and give people an opportunity to discuss their ideas and projects in more detail with him. Join Thom and facilitator Joshua Barndt (Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust) in a workshop that will be tailored to the projects that people bring to the group.

Registration limited to 20 participants.

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