About Cahdco

Cahdco is a non-profit real estate development corporation and sister to Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC). Cahdco develops affordable housing and social purpose real estate and provides consulting in the Ottawa area. Cahdco combines the experience and resources of CCOC with a team of development, construction, and project management experts.

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Social Purpose Real Estate

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Affordable Home Ownership

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Rental Housing Development

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YSB Riverside Hub – Site Tour

Written By Jana Bawaba - June 24, 2019

On June 6, 2019, the Cahdco team went on a site visit to the new Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) development on Riverside Drive currently under construction. The building was designed by Vandenberg & Wildeboer Architects (VWA) and is being built by McDonald Brothers Construction (MBC). YSB is building a new four-storey affordable supportive […]

City of Ottawa Planning Committee Passes Affordable Housing Capital Investment Plan

Written By Graeme Hussey - June 19, 2019

On Thursday June 13th, the City of Ottawa Planning Committee passed a report from the City Housing Branch about the Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative (OPHI, 2019-2022) and the City Capital Investment Plan for Affordable Housing (2019). The report was passed and will be on the City Council agenda at their upcoming June 26th meeting. Once […]

A Modernized Affordable Housing Sector: How do we get there?

Written By Cynthia Jacques - June 17, 2019

The research that I undertook for the lunch-and-learn series is a review of Steve Pomeroy’s December 2017 discussion paper: “Envisioning a Modernized Social and Affordable Housing Sector in Canada”. Steve Pomeroy, of Focus Consulting Inc., is an independent policy-research consultant. Steve holds a masters degree in Urban Planning and has over 32 years of experience […]

KDS Apartments Site Visit

Written By Kyla Tanner - June 10, 2019

On May 31, I had the opportunity to join the Cahdco team for my first construction site visit. Our team of nine set out with our matching hard hats for a tour from the site general contractor, Morley Hoppner, with input from Cahdco staff who have been working on the project as well as CSV […]

Cahdco’s New Intern and Subsidized Housing in Vienna

Written By Kyla Tanner - May 13, 2019

Affordable housing quickly became my primary research interest after I began my Master’s degree at Queen’s University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) in Fall 2018. With an increasing number of Canadians paying too much for housing, there is a role for urban planners to contribute to the amount of affordable housing stock while […]

Cahdco has Moved

Written By Graeme Hussey - April 29, 2019

Cahdco has also recently started blogging again, you will have noticed recent blogs on our website about a modular housing event we hosted, the Arlington & Cornerstone projects being completed and the recent Housing Services Corporation (HSC) Regeneration Forum. You can expect that we will be blogging on a more consistent basis and I encourage […]

Cornerstone Housing for Women Completes Adaptive Reuse Project

Written By Hadiya Al-Idrissi - April 23, 2019

At the end of November 2018, 42 women moved into Cornerstone Housing for Women’s new residence, in the renovated Institut Jeanne d’Arc building in Westboro. The project was an adaptive reuse of the former convent into supportive rental housing for women. The project was also initiated in 2016 with a feasibility report and winning Action […]

HSC Regeneration Forum 2019

Written By Anna Froehlich - April 16, 2019

The event was a national gathering of housing sector professionals with an interest in development, bringing together delegates and speakers from all across the country. Titled “A Roadmap to Development,” the conference sessions were focused into three streams, looking at topics related to the planning, design, and execution of affordable housing development. It was a […]

Arlington 16-unit Affordable Passive House Development

Written By Paige Waldock - April 9, 2019

Cahdco is very excited as they continue to work with their sister corporation, CCOC, to create a new family-oriented, 3.5-storey building. The project will be a 16 unit mixed-income rental property with two and three bedroom apartments in stacked townhouses. There are 8 two bedroom units and 8 three bedroom units, two of which are […]

Temporary Modular Housing to Address the Affordability Crisis

Written By Hadiya Al-Idrissi - April 1, 2019

The event included a presentation by Abi Bond (Managing Director of Homelessness Services & Affordable Housing Programs for the City of Vancouver) and Luke Harrison (Vice President, Business Development, of Modular Solutions, and previously Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency). Abi and Luke spoke to their experience in developing temporary affordable modular […]

CCOC Provides Feedback On New Section 37 Guidelines

Written By Graeme Hussey - May 24, 2017

The Ottawa City Council approved the Section 37 Guidelines 2017 Report recommended by Planning Committee on May 24, the result of a five year review of the city’s implementation of Section 37.In the Ontario Planning Act, Section 37 can be used by municipalities to obtain community benefits in return for a Zoning By-law Amendment. The policy is […]

Affordable Housing – A hot topic on both sides of the River

Written By Cynthia Jacques - May 8, 2017

I had the opportunity to attend an affordable and accessible housing event at the Gatineau City Hall the morning of May 4th: “Bâtir notre avenir: tendance et enjeu du logement abordable dans le Région de Gatineau et Ottawa”. The event was organized and hosted by CMHC in partnership with the Ville de Gatineau, and sought […]

CMHC Announces New Program to Provide Construction Loans for Rental Housing & Changes to Mortgage Loan Insurance

Written By Graeme Hussey - April 21, 2017

On April 20th, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced the creation of the CMHC Rental Construction Financing initiative. This initiative will provide $2.5 billion in low-cost construction loans over four years to encourage the construction of new rental housing. This program […]

Ottawa Needs a Community Land Trust

Written By Dennis Carr - April 20, 2017

Many readers will be surprised to learn that in the 1980’s and early 1990’s the City of Ottawa provided land to create affordable housing. Land was purchased and surplus city land set aside and held in an affordable housing land bank. The City’s Housing Branch worked with provincial Ministry of Housing officials and local not-for-profit […]

Inclusionary Zoning

Written By Ray Sullivan - November 23, 2016

On May 18, 2016, Bill 204, the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016 passed First Reading in the Ontario legislature. If the bill receives Royal Assent, it will allow municipalities to require private sector developers to include affordable housing units in their development proposals through inclusionary zoning (IZ). Simply put, IZ policies require or encourage new […]