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About Us

The right to adequate housing is a basic human right. A secure place to live is central to everyone’s well-being and dignity. Affordable housing is also a fundamental building block that improves neighbourhoods, reduces poverty and creates vibrant, inclusive and healthy cities.

Since 1984, Rooftops Canada has been providing technical expertise and leadership in low-cost housing and human settlements development around the world. Rooftops Canada brings an international perspective to the Canadian co-op and social housing sector. It provides opportunities for Canadians to share experiences and ideas with their counterparts in other parts of the world.


Rooftops Canada was founded as the international development program of the Co-op Housing Federation of Canada. It now also works on behalf of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, the Ontario, New Brunswick and British Columbia Non-Profit Housing Associations and la Confédération québécoise des cooperatives d΄habitation. Rooftops Canada is a non-profit organization.

Rooftops Canada works in partnership with community-based housing groups, non-governmental organizations, trade unions, local and senior levels of government and the private sector. Our programs help low-income communities create sustainable and practical housing solutions -- providing thousands of families with secure, affordable shelter for the first time in their lives.

The Canadian International Development Agency and our Canadian housing partners support Rooftops Canada’s innovative strategies and partnerships.