There is a need for urgent action to increase access to ownership for entry-level home buyers in Canada.

 
Copyright Queen's Printer for Ontario, photo source: Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Copyright Queen's Printer for Ontario, photo source: Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

 

What is affordablehomeownership.ca?  On November 7, 2016, a national workshop of those seeking to increase affordability of home ownership was convened in Toronto by the Canadian Urban Institute, Evergreen CityWorks, and the Canadian Home Builders Association.  The workshop successfully created a Canada-wide coalition of non-profit affordable ownership housing producers and stakeholders.  

Out of this session, the group produced a statement of common purpose outlining the challenges facing entry-level home buyers, the benefits of increased home ownership affordability and a list of federal measures to support affordable ownership housing in Canada. The group also produced a factsheet that provides answers to relevant and frequently asked questions about affordable home ownership programs.

This website has been established as a means of sharing resources with this network and with other stakeholders and supporters in order to support the advancement of affordable ownership housing in Canada. 

 
Copyright Queen's Printer for Ontario, photo source: Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Copyright Queen's Printer for Ontario, photo source: Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

 

Who is Involved?  The November 7th workshop and this website were created by the Canadian Urban Institute, with support from Canadian Home Builders Association, and Evergreen CityWorks. 

The following organizations and companies and, as observers, federal, provincial and municipal officials from across Canada were engaged in the workshop:  

Artscape (Toronto); Attainable Homes Calgary (Calgary); The Calla Group (Toronto); Canadian Home Builders’ Association (National); Canadian Urban Institute (National); Evergreen (National); Habitat for Humanity Canada (National); Home Ownership Alternatives (Toronto); Innovative Residential Inc. (Saskatoon); Miziwe Biik Development Corporation (Toronto); Options for Homes (Toronto); Take Root (Vancouver).  Government Observers:  Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; City of Peterborough; City of Vancouver; Province of British Columbia; City of Toronto.

The initial group is now engaged in reaching to other organizations with similar objectives in Quebec, Atlantic Canada, Alberta, and Manitoba.

Why Affordable Home Ownership? Why Now? This workshop was prompted by the federal government’s call for input into the National Housing Strategy and the 2017 federal Budget. The purpose was to development of federal home ownership assistance policies and a strong presence for affordable ownership housing in the new National Housing Strategy.  

Contact For more information contact Jeff Evenson at the Canadian Urban Institute. Email: jevenson@canurb.org   Tel.: 416-365-0816 ext. 281