Projects are funded through an annual open-call, merit-based competitive
Directed Demonstrations: We may also fund demonstration initiatives led by
external organizations in areas of strategic interest that are aligned with
the National Housing Strategy and federal priorities.
2021 Successful Projects
Please note that the contribution agreement process is still underway for
these projects and/or provincial jurisdiction approval might be
Calgary Urban Indigenous Community Land Trust Development Project
The goal of this project is to develop a localized urban Indigenous Community
Land Trust model, informed by Indigenous Elders and urban Indigenous community
stakeholders in collaboration with the existing local Community Land Trust
(HomeSpace). This model will help address the limited culturally relevant
affordable housing options for urban Indigenous peoples in and around Calgary.
Canadian Network of Community Land Trust’s Technical Assistance
The Technical Assistance Program aims to support the healthy growth and
increased impacts of the Community Land Trust sector through the documentation
and dissemination of best practices. The objective is to grow, amplify, and
consolidate the effectiveness and ongoing collaboration of CLTs across the
DTES Community Land Trust
This demonstration aims to establish a decolonized governance model for
Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Community Land Trust, focusing on tenants and
community members with lived experience and on a holistic housing model for
CLT properties. If successful, this model focused on people living in deep
poverty, will be shared for replication in similar communities across Canada.
Land trust for an affordable cohousing project in Lachine
The purpose of this pilot project is to establish a land trust to develop
affordable, long-term cohousing arrangements. This trust will be used to
acquire other lots to develop affordable cohousing and replicate this
financial model for development elsewhere in Quebec.
Social utility trust: Model deployment and consolidation
This demonstration seeks to address the current lack of information on social
utility trusts by creating adapted transfer tools and allowing their
dissemination and appropriation by affordable housing stakeholders in Quebec.
This will help establish social utility trusts to protect land and buildings
from rising values and real estate speculation.
G.R.E.A.T. Housing (Green Rural Environmental Affordable Together)
This project seeks to foster and demonstrate the process of implementing an
environmentally sustainable affordable housing Community Land Trust in the
context of the current housing market and climate change challenges. The
expected impact and outcomes from piloting this model include testing,
documenting and building new evidence for this type of solution, leading to
the creation of eco affordable housing in Muskoka.
Growing Local Land Trusts through Platform Co-operatives in the
Short-term Rental Market
That project aims to demonstrate an innovative way for land trusts to develop
a sustainable revenue stream that can help accelerate and scale up their
efforts to protect and expand affordable housing. The initiative will focus on
Toronto’s Kensington Market, with the goal of creating a funding model that
can be replicated by other Toronto land trusts and in major urban and tourist
markets across Canada.
Halifax Affordable Housing Community Land Trust
This initiative seeks to demonstrate how a municipal-scale Community Land
Trust can address systemic housing challenges in Halifax. This model would be
based on leading practices and adapted to Halifax’s context. This project also
wants to stimulate new ways of thinking about housing and a deeper public
conversation about the significance of resilient and whole communities as they
relate to health, equity, and opportunity.
Journey to a York Region Community Housing Land Trust
This project aims to demonstrate the process of implementing an existing
community land trust solution, in operation in Toronto, in the region of York
in Ontario. This demonstration seeks to share valuable lessons learned and to
build new evidence on early outcomes in a complex environment.
Kamloops Community Land Trust (CLT) Creation for Affordable Housing
This initiative intends to demonstrate the process of implementing a Community
Land Trust with non-traditional partners. The processes and governance
structures identified through this project will be used as a toolkit or best
practices guide that other communities can use as a resource. The outcome will
identify common barriers or challenges and identify strategies for overcoming
these issues with non-traditional partners.
Kensington Market Community Land Trust
This dissemination project will demonstrate on a national stage how was
achieved the Kensington Market Community Land Trust first successful
acquisition in June of 2021. In addition to fully evaluating and analyzing the
contextual factors which led to this successful acquisition, the project will
undertake a knowledge transfer to the neighboring Chinatown context to support
scaling and adaptation. This demonstration will enable to leverage the
momentum of this recent success to practically benefit the emergent interest
in Community Land Trusts across Canada.
Temiskaming District Community Land Trust
The objective of this demonstration is to experiment the development of an
Indigenous women-led land trust within the District of Temiskaming and
District of Cochrane in Ontario that will support and enable women-led housing
co-ops and women-built affordable housing. Through this initiative, a roadmap
and framework can be created for Indigenous governed land trusts to be scaled
Whitehorse Community Land Trust (Directed Demo)
Affordable housing challenges are accentuated in the North, where the market
is defined by high housing costs, near-zero vacancy rates and limited housing
stock. This project aims to create the first Community Land Trust built in
Northern Canada, and first community-owned non-profit housing projects in
Whitehorse with built-in price protection.
2020 Successful Projects
SAFERhome Universal Design Affordable Housing Demonstration
This project will outline, demonstrate and establish new best practices for
building affordable, accessible and environmentally conscious housing. It will
focus on tangible aging in place solutions, adaptive, intuitive and affordable
housing, combined with new and emerging technologies.
Implementing the Right to Housing in the Supportive Housing Sector
This project seeks to enhance the capacity of renters to navigate rental
housing laws and systems for more stable and successful tenancies. Within the
supportive housing and service provider sector, it will seek to increase legal
competency, awareness, leadership and accountability around accessibility and
Collaborative Innovative Partnerships for Financing Affordable Housing
This project aims to demonstrate a more effective means for non-profit housing
providers to fundraise the equity necessary to advance their projects, while
engaging the private sector and broader community to make affordable housing
everyone’s concern. By providing tools, templates and guides, the goal is to
accelerate the replication of a fundraising approach.
Regent Park: World Urban Pavilion (Directed Demo)
The Pavilion will be a physical and virtual knowledge exchange hub in support
of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the New Urban
Agenda. It will showcase and facilitate sharing science, research and
innovation in urban revitalization. There will be an emphasis on housing and
housing affordability, including the lived experiences of NHS vulnerable
2019 Successful Projects
2018 Successful Projects
Innovative approach to supportive housing
Discovering Indwell’s integrated approach: Passive House performance levels,
community financing programs, community participation strategies and