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Celebrating 35 Years

About Us

 In 2020, Rooftops Canada will be celebrating 35 years of building homes and communities around the world. Watch this space and our social media for updates on activities!


Rooftops Canada was launched in late 1984 as the international program of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. It now also represents five other national and provincial co-op and social housing organizations. Together, our partners own and manage most of the 650,000 non-profit housing units across Canada.


We are proud to have worked with many innovative and resourceful Canadian and overseas partners, helping to improve housing conditions and develop sustainable communities in 38 countries.


Over the past 35 years, Rooftops Canada and its partners have improved the lives of tens of thousands of families with better homes and communities. Over $39 million has been mobilized to build capacity for housing projects and programs. Over 525 technical assistance missions were carried out in 36 countries, and over 360 study visitors from 21 countries have been hosted in Canada.


Together, we have:

  • Assisted hundreds of housing groups around the globe to work together and learn from one another while promoting gender equality and human rights.
  • Leveraged $500+ million funds to build and upgrade housing and basic services while helping create thousands of jobs in housing-related activities.
  • Worked with African partners to pioneer housing-linked responses to HIV and AIDS and related national and global advocacy programs.
  • Launched housing microfinance programs in sub-Saharan Africa which helped build capacity and now provide housing loans in several countries.
  • Influenced housing policies and programs in many countries, including developing the first post-Soviet municipal housing policy in the Baltics.
  • Assisted and managed post-disaster housing programs in Rwanda, Turkey, Central America and Indonesia.  
  • Represented civil society on numerous Canadian delegations to UN conferences and engaged thousands of Canadians to support international development around the world.