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About the Initiative

The Council is working with the Canadian Seniors Cohousing Society  on a how-to guide on innovations in seniors housing. 

Over 10 million Canadians will be entering their 'seniors' years in the next 10 years and Canada simply does not currently have the capacity to house and care for our seniors adequately – yet. Norway, Sweden and even the United States have been developing a model of community co-caring that is enviable, and completely duplicatable. And we've begun to do just that.

Senior Cohousing is all about caring for each other. It's not a new idea, but it's an idea that has never been more relevant, necessary and innovative than it is today.

The Council will launch the new how-to guides in October, 2016 with the help of Canadian Senior Cohousing Society and Harbourside Seniors Cohousing in Sooke and Society.

The project is funded by the Real Estate Foundation of BC and the CSPC to research innovative models of housing and community living in Canada and elsewhere and apply best practices to different forms of seniors housing that enable people to age healthily in community.

Please join us for the launch on October 26th as we hear what's possible, what's exciting and what's happening in our our back yard as we launch Innovating Seniors Housing - a How-to Guide to Cohousing.

Reserve your space HERE.


Innovating Seniors Housing - the primer Complete Guide New Build Guide Retrofit Guide

News and Resources

Sooke Pocket News
Sooke’s best kept secret: A senior cohousing community with 31 units sets a Canadian standard
February 26, 2016  - Click here to see the article

CBC - On the Island with Gregor Craigie
Interview with Tracy Mills and Margaret Chitchlow on Cohousing
February 24, 2016 - Listen here

Sooke’s Harbourside Cohousing is going full steam ahead

February 12, 2016  - Click here to see the article



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Project Partners:

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Funding for this initiative generously provided by:

Real Estate foundation logo