Learning from the Canadians: scaling up and change in the community-led housing sector
Learning from the Canadians is a report on a study trip to the Canadian co-operative housing sector which took place from early June to mid-July 2018. It was fund by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, a fund dedicated to enabling people from the UK to visit other countries, learn from them, be inspired by them and bring back their learning and inspiration to lead change back in the UK.
The trip started out at the annual conference and AGM of CHF Canada (the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada) in Victoria in British Columbia (BC). Crossing four time zones and five provinces, the trip then headed to Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg (with a side trip to Brandon), Toronto, Ottawa and Québec City, a key outcome from the trip is inspiration for a feasibility study, funded by the UK’s Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government into the establishment of a potentially national organisation to develop and own new community led housing at scale, with homes being leased to local community led housing organisations. The feasibility study, due to report at the end of 2019, will investigate potential governance and funding models, availability of finance and land, marketing, procurement and development issues and general applicability of the model.