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What is Cohousing?

Cohousing is an intentional community of private homes with lots of shared spaces. The residents have shared values and enrich each others' lives.


  • Each home has traditional amenities, including a private kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and living spaces

  • Shared building spaces include a Common House, which may include a large kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities, guest rooms, office spaces and recreational spaces.

  • Shared outdoor space includes parking on the periphery, walkways, open space, and gardens.

  • The community also shares resources such as tools, lawnmowers, movies and books.

  • The people participate in the community through shared activities such as gardening, meals, celebrations, and holidays.

  • The community is self-managed through a participatory decision-making process (we use sociocracy).

  • Households have independent incomes and private lives, but lives are enriched by collaboratively planning and managing the community activities and shared spaces.

Benefits of Cohousing

  • CommunityA helping hand when you need one or when you have one.

  • Privacy - Your own place.

  • Self-Governance - Community designed and run by the community with compassionate communication.

  • Sustainability - Sharing resources, using green technologies.

  • Shared Values - Cultivating support for each other. 

  • Sharing - Resources, tools, cars, spaces, bikes, kayaks, books, childcare, recipes, meals and more...

  • Multigenerational - Many to learn from and grow with.

  • Aging In Place - accessible units, knowing your neighbours.

  • Fun - Shared activities and celebrations.

For More information about cohousing click on the images below

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Canadian Cohousing Network
Foundation for Intentional Community
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