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Thursday, April 5 • 1:30pm - 2:55pm
TH1.30.03 Community Land Trusts on the Rise: Roles and Relevancies of Community Land Trust Organizing in Toronto and its Urban Region

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Attention towards community land trust organizing in Toronto and its urban region (the GTA) has greatly sparked over the past five years following a period of inactivity.  A revived interest in community land trusts results from increasing community-based mobilization in relation to stark increases in property values and housing prices, concerns over gentrification, and associated constraints on the provision and securement of affordable housing in Toronto and the GTA. Finding affordable rental housing is an everyday challenge for urban residents and the idea of affordable homeownership has become a pipe-dream for most. The realities of struggles over the daily cost of living in Toronto and its region create a ripe environment for community discussions not only about how to access affordable housing but, in light of intensification and development pressures, also in regard to how land can be protected and stewarded in ways that best reflect community interests. CLT organizations hold title to land in trust for community purposes and engage with local residents to identify uses for the land based on local needs; most often for affordable housing but increasingly for social enterprise activities and agricultural and green design practices (Bunce, 2016; Thompson, 2015), which underlines their potential as an innovative and progressive community-based development and organizing approach. This panel involves activists and supporters who are actively engaged with the recent burst of community land trust formation in Toronto and the GTA. Topics that will be addressed are: local rationales for CLT organizing, opportunities and challenges of community land trust organizing, and aspirations for community land trust development in the GTA and Canada, more broadly.


Moderator: Susannah Bunce, University of Toronto Scarborough


Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust Community Organizing and Planning 
Claire Heese-Boutin, Park dale Neighbourhood Land Trust


Kensington Market Community Land Trust Organizing and Planing 
Dominique Russell, Kensington Market Community Land Trust


Circle LandTrust Organizing and Planning 
Joy Connelly, Circle Community LandTrust


Community Land Trusts in Practice 
Kuni Kamizaki, University of Toronto


Hamilton Community Land Trust Organizing and Planning 
Allison Maxted, Hamilton Community Land Trust


Thursday April 5, 2018 1:30pm - 2:55pm
City Hall Room (2nd Floor)