“The work we do with Cohousing is fun, rewarding, challenging and exciting as we move steadily toward our goal of establishing the first cohousing community in the Hamilton area. Hopefully others will follow suit and continue to build this innovative housing option whose time has come”

Judy Shepalo
Founding Member

“I am intrigued by the possibilities of co- housing … because it appears to be a good way to address issues like social isolation and aging in place.”

KenTigchelaar Equity Member

“I am strongly committed to cohousing as a wise housing choice from many perspectives.”

Lee-Ann Holloway,
Equity Member

“We look forward to the neighbourliness of intentional community in Cohousing Hamilton.”

Ellen Ryan

“I am excited about our cohousing venture and look forward to getting to know Hamilton better.”

Carol Gottlob

Welcome to Cohousing Hamilton

An exciting initiative in community living, cohousing is a global groundswell with many communities already established in Canada and many more under development. Ontario has several cohousing communities with many new ones evolving.

Hamilton is a great place to build a cohousing community.  The city has so much to offer:

  • Accessibility
  • Arts and culture
  • Municipal services
  • History
  • An abundance of nature and green space.

What is cohousing?

  • It is a form of intentional community – people actively create a neighbourhood
  • Combines the autonomy of privately owned, individual homes with the advantages of shared resources.
  • Co-developed, co-designed and managed by the residents
  • Includes common spaces that are supported by the owners, and might include:
    • a large common house for shared meals and activities
    • guest suite(s)
    • a workshop
    • yoga/exercise room
    • conservatory or lounge.

What kind of buildings?

All homes are close to the common house – the hub of the community. Owners decide what style of homes will be included and can vary within the project to include any of:

  • Low-rise apartment buildings
  • Semi-detached or Townhomes
  • Cottages
  • Triplexes
  • Garden suites

Environmental Choices:

  • Cohousing tends to minimize the footprint of each home.
  • Owners tend to focus on environmentally friendly choices, incorporating sustainability in design and functionality.


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