Last updated: April 24, 2012 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: July 8, 2010

Toronto Ecovillage Project

(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Mission Statement:

Ecovillage, Cohousing

Community Description:

The Toronto Ecovillage Project is a grassroots initiative involving local residents and a coalition of non-profit organizations that seek to create an ecovillage using the co-housing model with the City of Toronto.
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We have a strong commitment to social justice and developing affordable housing on the site. Our community will (1) be designed (or retrofitted) to be energy efficient and to use of latest environmental technologies, (2) will provide us with the means to reduce our ecological footprint, reduce our consumption and reduce our cost of living expenses, (3) be designed to foster a sense of community, to enable a calmer pace of life and to enable our residents to live and eat healthier, (4) be designed so as to assist and further enable community activists, activist and non-profit organizations, worker cooperatives, social enterprises and small-scale artisan and environmental businesses that can help make a difference in our community, our city and in the wider world.

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We hope this and future projects will redefine cohousing and ecovillages with its well thought out design and be a model for future cohousing developments.

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You can read more about our vision in Communities Magazine Fall 2011 – Right Livelihood edition: http://www.ic.org/store/2010s-communities/communities-magazine-152-fall-2011-right-livelihood/.

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WHEN WE MEET:
We meet once every three weeks at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. All are welcome! Meetings are free to attend.

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LOCATION : Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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NUMBER OF HOMES : To be determined based on site acquired ;
Our aim is to be mixed-use. Residents will be a variety of apartments/lofts and townhomes. Various commercial and workshop spaces will also be available on an exclusive use or co-operative (shared) basis.
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Population

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We don’t have a common faith, though many members are from the Unitarian Universalist faith.

Social Factors

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: No, we are a different type of community.
  • Location: Urban, Urban

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: Members are expected to attend at least 1/3rd of all meetings.

Diet

  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Ecovillage Network of the Americas, The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Community Affiliations

Toronto Activist House

Keywords

Permaculture, Agriculture, Artist, Artists, Organic, Local, Garden, GTA, Ontario, Canada, Social Jus

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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