About Cohousing

Cohousing is a form of intentional community where people choose to live together for mutual support and social interaction. It involves private housing units, complemented by a “common house” for community activities, shared meals and meetings.

  • – It is designed, managed and maintained by the residents
  • – It is governed by the residents, using an inclusive decision-making process
  • – It is like a small village where everyone knows one another and shares skills and resources as needed

Seniors cohousing is more specifically designed, with a physical and social environment that will enable healthy aging.  The Canadian Senior Cohousing Society claims that “the co-care and built-in supports of senior cohousing allow people to stay 8-10 years longer in their homes, saving the system $50,000/year per person”

Umbrella Organizations

 Canadian Cohousing Network
– http://cohousing.ca/
 The Cohousing Association of the United States
– http://cohousing.org/creating
 Fellowship for Intentional Communities
– http://www.ic.org/
 Canadian Senior Cohousing Society
– http://canadianseniorcohousing.com/?page_id=1363

Local Groups

 Terra Firma Cohousing – completed
– Signy Fridriksson and Steve Fick (613-233-8438)
 Convivium Cohousing for Seniors
– info@conviviumcohousing.ca
 Ottawa Cohousing – Seniors
– http://www.ottawacohousing.ca/
 Concorde Cohousing – Intergenerational
– info@concordecohousing.ca
 Perth Cohousing Initiative – Seniors
– http://www.perth-cohousing-intiative.com/
 PAL Ottawa – Senior arts professionals
– http://palottawa.org/
 Cohabitat Wakefield
– Francine Costa – cfrancine54@yahoo.ca

Some Canadian Housing Co-ops

 Ambleview Place Housing Co-op, West Vancouver, BC.
– http://ambleview.org/
 Andy Andras Housing Co-operative – Seniors – near Carling and Kirkwood
– andyandras.membership@gmail.com
 Old Grace Housing Co-op, Winnipeg, MB
– http://www.oldgracehousingcoop.ca/
 Springfield Seniors Non-Profit Housing Co-op, MB
– http://springfieldseniorshousing.com/

Some Canadian Cohousing

 Prairie Sky Cohousing Cooperative, Calgary AB:
– https://prairieskycohousing.wordpress.com/
 Wolf Willow Cohousing, Saskatoon, SK
– http://www.wolfwillowcohousing.ca/
 Harbourside Cohousing, Sooke, BC
– http://www.harbourside.ca/project.html

Books

The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living
by Charles Durrett
Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities
by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett