Cahdco’s Solution to the Housing Supply Challenge

Written by Graeme Hussey

January 12, 2022

We are still recruiting!

There is a lack of development capacity in the non-profit and co-operative sector to meet the need for affordable housing in Canada. Specifically, pre-development activities such as securing sources of funding or financing, identifying project partners, and developing a financially viable concept can be major barriers.

Cahdco is leading the creation and mentorship of non-profit development corporations across the country.

Cahdco has been shortlisted by the CMHC Housing Supply Challenge program to work on this idea. We are recruiting non-profits and co-operatives from across Canada who want to increase their capacity to create affordable housing. We are offering to work with them through coaching and mentorship to create their own non-profit development corporations. Cahdco will be assisted by Indwell, based in Hamilton, Ontario, as well as other partners.

What Cahdco is Offering:

  • Mentorship and coaching from successful affordable housing developers
  • Access to expertise in financial analysis, governance, construction, and other development activities
  • Facilitation of a curriculum to create a non-profit development corporation

If you are interested in this idea or want to know more, please contact

Cahdco is a non-profit development corporation based in Ottawa, created more than 20 years ago by CCOC, a private non-profit housing organization. CCOC operates 1,700 affordable rental homes in downtown Ottawa. We want to teach groups how to create their own organization, similar to Cahdco, in their local area. We hope that you will reach out!

Graeme Hussey

Cahdco President & CCOC Development Manager

January 12, 2022