February 1, 2023, 12pm

The Co-op Difference: Comparing Co-op and Market Rents in Five Canadian Cities

Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Event Type:

In this Co-op Conversation, Greg Suttor, Nick Falvo, and Courtney Lockhart will share findings from their recent report that compares housing charges in non-profit co-operatives to similar private sector marketing units in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, and Ottawa. Based on their findings that co-op housing units were consistently more affordable than market apartments, and this gap has widened over the period of 2006 – 2021, they will discuss the implications of this finding on the future of the co-operative housing sector.

Speaker biography:

Nick Falvo is a Calgary-based research consultant with a PhD in Public Policy. He has developed and taught one of Canada’s only university-level courses on affordable housing.

Greg Suttor is a semi-retired housing policy and research consultant. He has 30 years’ experience as a research and policy advisor, at municipal and provincial government, Wellesley Institute, and as an independent consultant.

Courtney Lockhart works at the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada developing policy to support the growth of the non-profit co-operative housing sector. Most recently she was a part of a team that saw $1.5 billion announced in Budget 2022 to develop a new Co-op Housing Development Program – the first in 30 years.




Co-operatives, Housing