Strategy of Development for the Canadian Housing Co-operative Movement

Publisher:  Proaction Inc., Ottawa, Canada
Year Published:  1977
Pages:  50pp   Price:  $4.00   Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX275

An analysis of trends and outcomes of four strategies employed in developing co-operative housing.

The continuing housing co-operative is a new and unique form of institution in Canadian soceity. Its basic nature is not yet widely understood; and because of its newness, the institution's long-term viablity and worth are not yet well tested. Also, it is difficult to say at this time whether a particular approach to the development of continuing housing co-operatives will result in more viable and successful projects than other approaches. This paper posits that though Canadian experience in continuing housing co-operative development is not extensive, there is already enough experiences to discern trends and outcomes resulting from the sue of different approaches and consequently to evaluate the different approaches. Four approaches or strategies are considered:
1) the social activation strategy
2) the non-profit developer strategy
3) the turn-key strategy
4) the co-operative development strategy
Two of these approaches stress real estate development and the other two the community animation, organization development, and adult education aspects. The sociology of co-operative movements is then reviewed in an effort to ascertain which of these four approaches, or combinations thereof, might be most sound. This is combined with network and learning system theory, to arrive at a recommended strategy of development appropriate to the Canadian housing co-operative movement at this stage in its evolution.

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