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Evicting our Landlords in Milton Parc and Beyond: A Crash Course on Housing Co-ops and Community Land Trusts

Date & time

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


This event is free





june-17 Photo credit: Sadie Gilker

The Institute for Urban Futures (IUF) is committed to addressing urgent urban issues that directly affect the generative presence of students, among other precariously situated populations in our city. Many of us in the Concordia community and beyond are facing unprecedented concerns around housing instability. Because housing is a basic human right, addressing these concerns with material solutions is as important as ever.

Please join IUF and 4TH SPACE on Wednesday June 17 as Futurist-in-Residence Nathan McDonnell, joined by Louise Constantin, leads a workshop on housing coops and community land trusts.

Nathan and Louise will provide an historical overview of the cooperative housing movement in North America and Quebec. In dialogue with workshop participants, they will discuss the co-operative movement as a model for democratizing the economy, the business of housing co-operatives, and the economic impact of the pandemic on tenants unable to pay rent.

Join the workshop by registering for our Zoom session. Registrants are invited to submit their questions and concerns to, and Nathan and Louise will address them during the workshop. 

You can also join us by following along on our Facebook page. This workshop is offered in English, with French closed captioning.


Nathan McDonnell, Urban Futurist in Residence 2019-20, Institute for Urban Futures

Nathan McDonnell lives, works, and organizes in the Milton Parc neighbourhood of Montreal, which hosts the largest community housing project on a community land trust in North America. Nathan is a volunteer community activist and Vice President of the Milton Parc Citizens’ Committee.

Louise Constantin, Non-profit and Co-op Professional

Until February 2020, Louise was an advisor for associative and political affairs at the Fédération des coopératives d’habitation du Montréal métropolitain (FECHIMM). She worked for Canada’s largest and most intercultural co-op, Village Cloverdale in Pierrefonds. She is also an individual member of Front d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU), and of her local housing committee, the Comité d’action des citoyennes et citoyens de Verdun.

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