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February 28, 2018

New era for a major Montréal housing development

For more than 50 years, a vibrant community has flourished in Montréal’s Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough. At the heart of this tree-lined neighbourhood lies Les Habitations Le Domaine. This multi-building housing development provides 726 affordable housing units and easy access to public transit, shops, parks and recreational areas.

When the development was put up for sale, the affordable housing developer Bâtir son quartier took steps to preserve and purchase it through an affiliate non-profit organization, Gérer son quartier.

Bâtir son quartier has created more than 420 co-operative or non-profit projects, for a total of nearly 12,000 housing units in Montréal. For the organization, neighbourhood development often involves helping people remain in their current homes or communities. Their projects help create collaborative living environments for low- and middle-income households.

An innovative collaboration

Bâtir son quartier’s intention to purchase the housing development triggered a massive collaborative effort.

As Édith Cyr, General Manager of Bâtir son quartier, recalls, “This acquisition represented a collective victory that was made possible thanks to the collaboration and openness of committed partners such as Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.”

In addition to CMHC, the collaboration involved Fonds Immobilier de Solidarité FTQ, the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation and the Caisse d’Économie Desjardins des Travailleuses et Travailleurs Unis.

“The trust of partners and community stakeholders gives us the power to accomplish exceptional community housing projects,” says Édith.

Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of a dedicated team, the future of Les Habitations Le Domaine is brighter than ever. Almost a year after Bâtir son quartier purchased the development, the residents and community continue to thrive.

This project received support from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation through affordable housing mortgage loan insurance flexibilities. It also received support from the Fonds Immobilier de Solidarité FTQ, the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation and Caisse d’Économie Desjardins des Travailleuses et Travailleurs Unis.