About Concorde

We are working to create

  • Multi-generational respectful community in Ottawa.
  • Units of different sizes on a site near public transit, grocery stores, parks and libraries.
  • Capacity to share things that are better shared: meals, yard work, guest rooms, books, toys, sorrows, joys, . . .
  • Close relationships between members

We value

  • Community: Balancing individual and communal needs
  • Harmony: Encouraging cooperation, respect, plain speaking.
  • Inclusiveness: Including people of all ages, races and backgrounds.
  • Sustainability: In society, finances and our environment.
  • Joyfulness: Encouraging play, art, life, laughter & support.

We chose the name Concorde because the root of the word “concord” means “hearts together.” We are committed to the work of learning to live in harmony with each other, recognizing each person’s unique gifts while balancing the needs of individuals with the needs of the community. We want our neighbourhood to be sustainable, inclusive, and joyful.

View / Download Our New (September 2020) Brochure

You can follow our public discussions and get early access to some newsletter articles on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/ConcordeCohousingOttawa

About Cohousing

Cohousing is “an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared space”, formed through an egalitarian, participatory process with an eye to neighborhood design.

Canadian Cohousing Network  has lists of books, audiovisual media, and other links in their “resources” section, as well as

Features of Cohousing

What is Cohousing?

Frequently Asked Questions

We refer you to their excellent work to learn more about Cohousing in general.

Livewell Cohousing  has an excellent name that hints at the goal of cohousing.   We have found their Bootcamp Manual an excellent tool as we attempt  “to design, build and finance [our] own community”

 

In Ottawa, Cohousing is

Terra Firma, in Old Ottawa East;

& Concorde, the inter-generational community we’re forming, which you can join!

 

Sadly, it is not ottawacohousing.ca, because that website was built for an isolated group in Westboro, which did not work out.

(9/10 cohousing communities in Canada don’t reach completion, so we need your help to beat those odds!)

Meet Us / Be Us

Meet Us

 

Click the plus icon at the bottom of the above calendar to add us to your google calendar & find out about our upcoming events.  (Or follow us on facebook.)

We try to have one social event and one business meeting* each month, as well as various internal “circle” meetings & workshops.  There’s also the occasional (more frequent in summer) outreach event, if you’d like to meet us “incognito.”

If Cohousing is of interest to you, we hope to see you soon!

(Or, If you’re feeling shy, you can get more info  or just follow our progress until you’ve gotten to know us a little.)

If Cohousing isn’t of interest to you, but you made it this far, please would you tell us what would change your mind?

* Business Meetings are open, (and these days, online) so if you would like to come please let us know & we’ll send the location (or link.)  You’ll be welcome to participate in the discussions, however in order to allow us to get through the agenda, we ask that you keep general questions until after the meeting, when we’ll be able to answer more fully.

Be Us

Potential Members:

  • Each new person who is interested in joining will have a buddy to support them: welcome, orient, and bring them up to date
  • A potential member may apply for membership after attending 4 meetings. This includes a minimum of 2 business meetings and 1 social gathering.

Active Members:

  • attend our meetings: members from outside of Ottawa are welcome and can participate through videoconferencing & email
  • participate in our email chain
  • agree with our goal of creating common housing
  • if travelling, attempt to visit other cohousing communities
  • pay dues of 10$ / month