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Northwest Cohousing

Proposed Cohousing Project









The Unitarian Fellowship of Northwest Toronto has been working with Unitarian Commons over the past year on a proposal to add cohousing units to its 90 year old stone building.  Unitarian Commons is made up of seven members from five GTA Unitarian congregations and has been working for the past several years to facilitate accessible, affordable cohousing that will be energy efficient, environmentally responsible and barrier-free. In 2020, the project received the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Northern Lights Chalice Lighters Award.

The project will retain the front of the existing stone heritage building, to be used for the Fellowship Hall, a large community kitchen, meeting room and upper reading room. The three-storey addition of nine one-bedroom units on the back will have balconies that overlook the Humber River Valley.

Cohousing consists of private, individual units complete with living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.  Common spaces are shared by the residents and accommodate weekly meals and community activities. The intent is that the members of the Fellowship will share the common facilities with the residents of the cohousing units and will be one community.

The Northwest Fellowship and Unitarian Commons have undertaken a Feasibility Study that includes an investigation of site planning, heritage and architectural design issues.

For more information please email


Unitarian Commons has been offered 30 units of universal design co-housing in each of 2 new Toronto developments by Options for Homes.
Front St & Cherry St (sharing the site with a new long term care facility),
and Sherbourne & Carlton (opposite Allen Gardens).
Both buildings will be completed in about 4 years.

If you would like to buy a universal design condo unit at one of these sites, please send an email, stating your preferred location, to

“Options for Homes is in meetings with the City of Toronto Planning Dept.
Until all approvals are in place, they can’t give us detailed plans.”

Condos 101
We highly recommend this useful little free seminar presented by Options for Homes – everything you need to know about buying a new construction condo. These free, one-hour sessions walk you through each step of the purchase process.  Condos 101 sessions are not sales events. Instead, they focus on providing you with the information you’ll need to make the best condo purchasing decision for you – whether with Options or elsewhere.

Barrier-Free Design Presentation

The Older Women’s Network  hosted a presentation, as part of its AGM, on the subject of Barrier Free Design and the latest research, particularly the exciting new developments at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

For more details visit the OWN website.