Mixed model development is highly complex and there are a range of factors related to financing, development, and operations that need to be considered before undertaking this approach.
Mixed model developments (or mixed housing) comprise differing levels of affordability, with some units at market rate and others available to low-income households at below market rate. CCOC develops and operates mixed affordable rental housing for people of different income levels, family sizes, and abilities.
In August 2020, Housing Partnership Canada (HPC) published a study (Canadian Mixed Model Development: A Comparative Analysis of Ten Sites) that explores how various forms of mixed model development can be achieved and sustained.
The study looks at ten mixed model developments across British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. Each project pursued a specific partnership type:
- 6 sites had partnerships between non-profit housing providers and government entities (“non-profit-government”)
- 2 sites had partnerships between for-profit housing developers and government entities (“for-profit-government”)
- 2 sites had partnerships between charitable housing providers and government entities (“charitable-government”).
This blog post will focus on the two sites that had for-profit-government partnerships, commonly known as public-private partnerships. The first is Cedar Place in Vancouver (Figure 1). The second is Allenbury Gardens in Toronto (Figure 2). These cases offer insights into the different uses and arrangements of public-private partnerships during mixed model development.