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Edition 1.2 July 2020

Nevada City Cohousing. Photo courtesy of McCamant Durrett Architects.

A Concept that is Gaining Momentum

      As we hear more and more about cohousing, some of us might be wondering just how popular this housing option could be in Canada. To give an idea of the scope of this trend, take a look at the number of cohousing projects listed by province (according to the Canadian Cohousing Network and other sources).
     The first ones were established in the late 1990s; some are more recent. Also, many of these projects are multi-generational, while others are geared towards senior communities.
B.C. 10 13
Alberta 1 4
Saskatchewan 3  
Manitoba   1
Ontario            1          9
Québec           1          1
Nova Scotia      2

Meet some of our members

Jean and Joanne

Maintenant à la retraite, j’ai une longue expérience du domaine des communications, ayant travaillé autant en radio et télévision, que dans les milieux communautaires et gouvernementaux. Je m’intéresse entre autres aux questions de langue, au cinéma et à la protection de l’environnement.
Wouldn’t it be pleasant to engage in meaningful conversations and rewarding activities with other members of a multigenerational community such as in a cohousing project. Let’s make it happen.
   - Jean Lalonde

Retired Speech-Language Pathologist, I am now a teacher of Ishaya meditation. My interests among others include reading, cooking, gardening, discovering nature, and camping.
In my view, cohousing makes so much sense as I wish to remain active, be attentive, eco-concerned and helping others. Sharing this life with like-minded people is so important to me. 
Je souhaite vivement que vous partagiez ce rêve.
   -Joanne Vincent


What are the differences between cohousing, cooperative housing and condo living?

Click on the following link to find out:
Thanks to Harbourside Senior Cohousing, Sooke, B.C. for this chart
Joanne Vincent, member of Cohabitat Sweetfern Cohousing, says: “Some of the key elements that draw me to cohousing: we are building our community and educating our members all along the way; we are able to collaborate at fulfilling our dream while being active throughout the process. Also, we get to choose the committee(s) we can best serve on according to our individual skills and our interest in discovering talent we didn’t know we had.”

Reminder: Join us to learn more at our Coffee and Cohousing online Saturday, July 11, 10:30 a.m.

What would your ideal neighbourhood look like? Join us to find out how you can create it. Cohousing is a growing concept in Ontario and around the world. Sweetfern is focused on developing a fun, tight-knit, inclusive community. We value compassion, generosity, trust and stewardship of the environment. To attend and meet others who are committed to developing this way of life, send us an email requesting the link at:
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