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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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Cahdco Welcomes Government of Canada’s $1 Billion Investment in Affordable Housing

Written By Billy Cohen - September 23, 2020

Cahdco is delighted to learn of the Government of Canada’s recent investments in affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Yesterday, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development (and the Minister responsible for the CMHC), announced $1 billion in funding for the newly unveiled Rapid Housing […]

Transitional Housing for Supportive Housing and Emergency Shelter Providers

Written By Anna Froehlich - September 14, 2020

CMHC’s Expert Community on Housing (ECOH) is a recent initiative of the National Housing Strategy created to bring together an online community of housing experts sharing knowledge and expertise to contribute to the development of housing solutions. There are regular webinars and forums hosted on Microsoft Teams, and ongoing discussion groups on a variety of […]

Job Posting: Budget and Cost Analyst

Written By Graeme Hussey - August 13, 2020

CCOC is a community-based, tenant and member directed, non-profit housing organization whose mission is to create, maintain and promote housing for low and moderate-income people. Are you the right fit for our team? Our ideal candidate has at least 5 years of related work experience and strong analytic skills. The candidate will have experience will […]

Affordable Homeownership Models: Shared Equity Mortgages, Partnerships, and Community Land Trusts

Written By Kyla Tanner - August 12, 2020

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) hosted a webinar in July on Affordable Homeownership Models. While affordable housing is commonly thought of as rental housing, the three guest speakers discussed affordable homeownership and community ownership of land. They presented on three different models: shared equity mortgages, partnerships, and community land trusts. This blog post […]

ONPHA’s Plan for Urban & Rural Indigenous Housing in Ontario

Written By Kiefer Maracle - August 5, 2020

In May of 2020, the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) announced the release of their Urban & Rural Indigenous Housing Plan for Ontario. The report quantifies the need for more off-reserve housing and includes six actions to support the Indigenous housing sector’s transition to meet this dire need. This blog post will briefly outline the […]

Supportive Housing Case Studies: How supportive housing in Ontario and British Columbia is developed and operated

Written By Kyla Tanner - July 30, 2020

Supportive housing is developed for groups of people that need added supports to maintain permanent, stable, and successful tenancies. These housing needs are a part of the definition of 'core housing need’ and lie on the housing continuum between transitional housing (short-term housing with supports) and social housing (permanent, subsidized housing with affordable rents for […]

Sustainable Affordable Housing Program Available from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Written By Paige Waldock - July 23, 2020

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released a new funding and financing program through their Green Municipal Fund (GMF). It is called the Sustainable Affordable Housing (SAH) program and is intended to help affordable housing projects achieve better energy performance. The program is aimed at retrofits and new-build projects with funding opportunities for every […]

Can “Less is More” Yield More for Less?: The Importance of Cost Effective Development & Design

Written By Hadiya Al-Idrissi - July 16, 2020

In March 2020, Hannah Hoyt from the Joint Centre for Housing Studies of Harvard University (in collaboration with NeighborWorks America) published the report “More for Less? An Inquiry into Design and Construction Strategies for Addressing Multifamily Housing Costs.” The report includes 30+ interviews from developers, architects, contractors & policy makers who discussed the challenges of […]

Beat the REITs Webinar

Written By Kyla Tanner - July 6, 2020

The Canadian Network of Community Land Trusts hosted a webinar entitled Beat the REITs at the beginning of June (you can watch it on YouTube here). Six speakers from across the country presented on the topic of financialization of housing leading to an affordable housing shortage with a focus on innovative ways that the community […]

Now Is the Time to Embrace Density

Written By Kyla Tanner - June 12, 2020

The New York Times published an opinion article entitled, Now Is the Time to Embrace Density in mid-May. The article begins with an air of hope, stating that the economy will recover from the COVID-19-induced recession. The recovery will begin in cities that were thriving before the pandemic. The question we’re faced with is whether […]

Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Real Estate

Written By Kyla Tanner - June 2, 2020

Cahdco and its clients’ projects were in varying stages of development when the impacts of COVID-19 first began to be felt. While some projects were still in early feasibility, others like Christ Church Bells Corners (CCBC) were preparing to submit Site Plan Control applications and Veterans’ House is currently under construction. In the face of […]

Canadian Urban Institute: How will COVID-19 affect Urban Design and Architecture?

Written By Hadiya Al-Idrissi - May 21, 2020

Back in April amidst the COVID-19 social distancing measures taken across the country, the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) launched a series of weekly 1-hour online webinars with a panel of experts to discuss the effect of the pandemic on the Canadian urban environment and related topics. I virtually attended the first installment of CityTalk: Cities […]

A Comparison of Canada & The Netherlands’ Housing Policies

Written By Kyla Tanner - May 13, 2020

The last two months have brought major changes to people’s lives across the globe: travelling came to a grinding halt, schools promptly closed, and working from home became the new normal for those fortunate enough to be able to continue work. My own plans changed drastically. I was living in Groningen, Netherlands for the final […]

Christ Church Bells Corners: Rectory Redevelopment Project

Written By Jana Bawaba - April 6, 2020

For about two years now, Anna and I have been working with the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa (ADO) and Christ Church Bells Corners (CCBC) to redevelop part of the CCBC site in Bells Corners to include affordable housing. The ADO and CCBC are working to create 35 mixed affordable housing units on the site of […]

Cahdco and SWCHC host a Rooming House & Micro-Suite Feasibility Workshop

Written By Hadiya Al-Idrissi - March 30, 2020

At the end of February, Cahdco and Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) hosted a workshop with various stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds to discuss rooming house and micro-suite feasibility. Members from over 20 different organizations including government representatives, non-profit housing providers, support service workers, architects and other interested parties participated in the […]

Update: Construction is well Underway on Veterans’ House: The Andy Carswell Building

Written By Hadiya Al-Idrissi - March 2, 2020

Check out this time-lapse video from McDonald Brothers Construction, of their work on Multifaith Housing Initiative’s (MHI) latest project: The video captures the first 5 months of construction from the foundation walls being backfilled right through to the framing of the second storey. Veterans’ House will be a three-storey, 40-unit supportive housing development for homeless […]

Job Posting: Student Intern for Summer 2020

Written By Graeme Hussey - February 25, 2020

Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC) is looking for a Student Intern for the summer of 2020. CCOC is hiring a 2020 student intern to assist in developing new affordable housing. The student will work in collaboration with the CCOC Development department and Cahdco, CCOC’s non-profit development corporation. The summer student will assist Cahdco in the […]

The Missing Middle and the City of Ottawa R4 Zoning Review

Written By Anna Froehlich - January 6, 2020

The “Missing Middle” is a term that often comes up in discussion around intensification, complete communities, housing choice, and housing affordability. It is used to describe the range of housing types between single-detached houses and large apartment buildings that have seemingly “gone missing” from many cities in the last 60-70 years. This is seen in […]

Finishing Touches on the KDS Apartments Expansion Project

Written By Cynthia Jacques - December 19, 2019

Cahdco and the project team are in the home stretch of completing the King’s Daughters and Sons (KDS) Apartments expansion project! City occupancy has been granted, and final deficiency repairs are underway. Tenants will begin moving in to their new homes as of the end of December. The existing KDS Apartments has been in operation […]

Cahdco Co-Hosts HSC SHARE Conference

Written By Billy Cohen - December 9, 2019

The October 24th Housing Services Corporation (HSC) SHARE Conference, in partnership with Cahdco, brought together affordable housing experts from across Canada and even as far as Melbourne, Australia. This year’s conference, entitled “Home and Away: Tools for Collaboration from Canada and Australia”, focused on developing partnerships between non-profits, housing co-operatives, and governments in pursuit of […]

Grand Opening of YSB’s Youth Housing Hub

Written By Jana Bawaba - November 25, 2019

On November 7, 2019, YSB hosted the grand opening of its wonderful new facility at 2887 Riverside Drive. The four-storey Youth Housing Hub includes 39 new supportive housing units for formerly (!) homeless youth and a youth services hub on the ground floor. Tenants began to move in to their new homes on November 11th. […]

Vision Vanier, Montreal Road CIP’s Impacts on Affordable Housing

Written By Mark Sider - November 18, 2019

One of the greatest challenges facing municipal governments today is the need to stimulate economic development and urban renewal in the face of existing limitations on municipal government authority. To do so, municipalities are increasingly turning to innovative tools and techniques that are designed to encourage the private sector to participate in economic development and […]

Supportive Housing and the National Housing Strategy

Written By Kyla Tanner - November 11, 2019

In 2017, the federal government announced the National Housing Strategy (NHS), a strategy with targets and funding programs aimed to build and repair housing across the country. The initial announcement was a 10-year, $40 billion framework that claimed to give highest priority to “those in greatest need”, defined as “vulnerable groups”. Today, the strategy has […]

Join us for a Sustainability Tour with Carbon613!

Written By Billy Cohen - November 4, 2019

This Thursday, November 7th, Cahdco and CCOC are excited to partner with Carbon613 and CSV Architects to host the Sustainable Housing Tour at our Beaver Barracks and Arlington properties. CCOC Beaver Barracks is an award-winning 254-home affordable rental housing project with mixed rents and uses, developed by CCOC and Cahdco. Sustainability was at top-of-mind when […]

Building LeBreton: A glimpse into the NCC’s process at HSC’s Innovation Forum

Written By Cynthia Jacques - October 29, 2019

Housing Services Corporation (HSC) hosted an Innovation Forum at CCOC’s Beaver Barracks on October 24, 2019. The Forum was a full-day event, with presentations by various speakers sharing experiences and tools for enabling collaboration in the housing sector. Cahdco’s President and three Project Managers participated in the Forum. One of the guest speakers at the […]

Business for Good: Design Thinking and Human Centered Design

Written By Hadiya Al-Idrissi - October 28, 2019

Last week Project Manager Cynthia and I attended the first session of a free 3-part workshop hosted by Invest Ottawa at Bayview Yards, an interesting adaptive reuse project west of downtown Ottawa. The session was an introduction to Design Thinking, Human Centered Design and business modelling; concepts popularized by IDEO in 2009 that laid out […]

Arlington Wins Ottawa’s First Community Partnership Award

Written By Kiefer Maracle - October 22, 2019

CCOC’s most recent project, 143 – 153 Arlington Ave. has been formally recognized by the City of Ottawa for its commitment to a collaborative development process by receiving Ottawa’s first biannual Community Partnership Award. On October 9th, at the City’s Urban Design Awards, Councillor Jeff Leiper presented CCOC’s team and community partners with the award. […]

Cahdco Attends the National Housing Debate

Written By Billy Cohen - October 16, 2019

The Canadian Federal Election is fast approaching, and from coast to coast to coast, Canadians have universally expressed their concerns over the rapidly increasing cost of housing. That is why on October 6th, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, alongside four partner organizations, hosted the National Housing Debate at The Westin Ottawa hotel. Five candidates […]

Construction Begins on Veterans’ House

Written By Hadiya Al-Idrissi - September 25, 2019

Last week, Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI) organized a Cornerstone Laying Ceremony for their newest project, Veterans’ House: The Andy Carswell Building, on the Canso Campus. Project Manager Cynthia and Project Coordinator Hadiya had the pleasure of attending the event which featured a fly-by of one of the airplanes Andy Carswell himself flew in the Second […]

Rooming Houses in Ottawa

Written By Kyla Tanner - August 29, 2019

Rooming houses, also referred to as lodging houses or single room occupancy (SRO) buildings, offer individual rooms for rent to those in need of transitional housing. These rooms often share a kitchen and washroom facilities with other tenants. Rooming houses play an important part in the housing continuum (see CMHC’s housing continuum below), providing an […]

Join Us For This Year’s HSC Innovation Forum!

Written By Graeme Hussey - August 19, 2019

Featuring guest speaker Dr. Carolyn Whitzman October 24, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Location: Beaver Barracks, 464 Metcalfe St. Ottawa  Cost: $140 plus HST Cahdco is pleased to partner with Housing Services Corporation (HSC) for a full day event looking at  tools for enabling collaboration in the housing sector. This event will feature […]

Job Posting: Development Assistant

Written By Graeme Hussey - August 14, 2019

Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC) is looking for a Development Assistant. The successful candidate will be a knowledgeable administrative professional with an interest in managing social media and creating marketing materials. The Assistant will work with the Development team in providing assistance with various aspects of project management. If you: are dedicated to social justice […]

Rethinking the Tower Lunch N’ Learn

Written By Jana Bawaba - August 1, 2019

As part of the Cahdco Lunch ‘n’ Learn series, I looked at a report called Rethinking the Tower by Ryerson University’s Ryerson City Building Institute (CBI). The report studies innovative methods of creating affordable and attainable housing in many global cities in order to understand what could be effectively implemented in Toronto. The information in […]

Bill 108, More Homes More Choice Act: Changes Related to Affordable Housing

Written By Kyla Tanner - July 25, 2019

On June 6, 2019, the Government of Ontario passed Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019, amending 13 existing statutes, including the Planning Act, Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, and the Development Charges Act. Several of these Acts have gone through multiple iterations of amendments in the last few years, requiring developers and planners to […]

Cahdco’s Affordable Housing Bus Tour

Written By Kyla Tanner - July 15, 2019

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) annual national conference was particularly important this year as it celebrated the centenary year of CIP, having been established in 1919. Hundreds of planners from across the country came to Ottawa to celebrate the anniversary, including Cahdco’s Anna Froehlich, Cynthia Jacques, and myself. The conference offered workshops, learning tours, […]

Happy Homes: Building Sociability through Multi-Family Housing

Written By Paige Waldock - July 8, 2019

Happy City, a consultancy group based out of Vancouver, is endeavoring to help solve the growing social disconnection between people living in cities today. Happy City is a group founded on the principles of the book of the same name. (Happy City the book was written by Charles Montgomery and is a great read for […]

Outside the Box: The Expanding Role of the Architect as Advocate and Activist

Written By Hadiya Al-Idrissi - July 4, 2019

The article I specifically looked at was “Calling All Architects: New Approaches to Old Housing,” which featured 3 projects around the world that exemplified inventive design solutions to maintain and improve existing housing stock. Usually, these renovations cost less than half the amount it would to demolish and rebuild. From minimal interventions with maximum impact, […]

Pro Formas and the Ontario Affordable Housing Calculator

Written By Kiefer Maracle - July 3, 2019

As a member of the Cahdco team, I am drawn to the office every morning by the prospect of a fresh coffee and the opportunity to contribute to something that creates lasting value for our community. Many of the projects we undertake directly result in the creation of new affordable homes. In truth, at the […]

NCC (Re)starts Consultation on the Redevelopment of Lebreton Flats

Written By Graeme Hussey - June 28, 2019

The National Capital Commission (NCC) has (re)started the consultation for the development of Lebreton Flats. Although it seems discouraging that we have failed to develop such a crucial part of our downtown, it is important that we get past our previous failings and focus on how we can make Lebreton Flats an Ottawa neighbourhood once again […]

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 […]