Waterloo Region Cohousing Ecovillage

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

  • Last updated: April 3, 2017 (1 month ago)
  • Listing created on: October 18, 2006

Mission Statement

Vision: We envision courageous, innovative communities in which people actively care for each other and the enviornoment.

Mission: We are building a sustainable, intergenerational neighbourhood that is socially and economically inclusive. We positively engage with each other and the wider community.

Guiding Principals:
– Sustainability
– Inclusive
– Affordability
– Participatory/Engaged
– Innovative/Dynamic

Community Description

We are creating a sustainable cohousing ecovillage community in the Waterloo Region in Ontario, Canada. Our plan is to build 30 homes combining the advantage of privacy and shared common facilities. We manage ourselves through sociocracy decision making.


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Planned number of residences: 30
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    We are aiming for 25-30 single family dwellings with a common house and shared facilities (i.e., workshop, laundry, etc…)


  • Adult Members: 20
  • Child Members: 4
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We welcome people to talk and discuss this project with us and “try a meeting on for size”.

  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We have established circles as part of sociocracy (dynamic governance) structure. They are currently: process steering, finance, legal, land acquisition, membership, community life, commtech


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    Currently $5/per person per meeting to cover expenses (i.e., meeting space rental, office supplies, child care, etc…) and $60 every quarter for membership (all in Canadian Dollars).

Sustainability Practices


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Currently many members meet weekly for a potluck shared meal.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US, Canadian Cohousing Network

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].


ecovillage, cohousing