COMMUNITY
LAND TRUST

The Community Land Trust (CLT) acquires, develops and stewards co-ops and community-led housing and spaces throughout British Columbia. Our team of skilled industry leaders create and advocate for inclusive communities that members and residents are proud to call home. Established in 1993 by the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC), CLT is a social-purpose non-profit organization fostering diverse and sustainable communities and initiatives for today and tomorrow.

The CLT Story

CHF BC has worked to create land trusts over three decades with a consistent mission: to support, preserve and expand co-operative and non-profit housing now and for the future.

The Community Land Trust focuses on housing for low- and moderate-income households, in B. C. It serves as the real estate development arm of CHF BC.

Learn a little more about CLT in this video made in 2017 when its first major construction projects were underway. The video features Sanford Housing Society’s BRice Apartments on Kingsway and Fraserview Housing Co-operative in southeast Vancouver.


CLT History

CLT began as an idea and saw acquisition of its first properties—home to six housing co-operatives—in the early 2000s.

The Community Land Trust’s first properties were transferred to CLT. by the British Columbia provincial government.

In in 2012, a groundbreaking partnership with the City of Vancouver was the catalyst for CLT’s growth and expansion. The partnership provided the necessary scale to leverage additional opportunities and employ  innovative strategies for housing development.

Since then, CLT has expanded to include both co-op and non-profit society homes . It now has a presence on Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver and the Interior. The CLT portfolio includes more than 2,600 homes that we have acquired, built or redeveloped so that households with low to moderate incomes, across ages and abilities have a great place to call home.


CLT Growth

CLT has come a long way in recent years. Here's a brief summary of its growth.

  • 1993-2000: The Beginning  – Co-op housing properties are first transferred into CLT.
  • 2012: The Breakthrough – City of Vancouver’s partnership brings new scale to CLT’s portfolio.
  • 2017: Partners in Affordability – More co-op homes preserved with development potential on several sites.
  • 2018: New Growth – Large municipal and community partner investments.
  • 2019: New projects and co-op acquisitions – Exploration of more partnerships with non-profit partners and municipalities.

CLT Team and Goals

The CLT team includes development professionals and those with expertise in housing operations, maintenance, accounting and administration to support CLT's mission.

Led by executive director Tiffany Duzita, CLT fosters inclusive communities that members and residents are proud to call home. Projects are designed to meet local needs, whether by upgrading existing housing in partnership with resident communities or providing new homes, available to low and moderate income households. Some CLT sites also include business and community programming spaces.


CLT’s Portfolio

CLT owns and leases land for the long-term benefit of the community to provide homes that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

CLT owns low- and high-rise apartments and townhomes; a mix of co-op and other non-profit homes throughout the lower mainland and on Vancouver Island,

CLT accepts land and building transfers from the community housing sector, including housing co-operatives and non-profit housing societies.  CLT also aims to expand housing options, through acquisitions, redevelopment and new projects.

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North Arm

North Arm Housing Co-operative is Vancouver's newest non-profit housing co-operative. It is aimed at members aged 55+ and its 58 homes are located at Fraser and East 19th Avenue.

North Arm is a welcoming, connected and inclusive neighbourhood with affordable housing for a secure long-term home. Located on historic Fraser Street, the co-op houses 58 accessible studio and one-bedroom homes in a seven-story building.  The 411 Seniors Centre Society has a seniors’ centre on the main floor, complete with commercial kitchen, multi-purpose space, and office space.

The co-op is built with sustainability in mind. Net Zero Ready, each unit is energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, allowing homes to be cleaner and more comfortable.

North Arm is one of several new co-ops developed by the Community Land Trust.

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CLT Job Opportunities

The Community Land Trust employs a team of knowledgeable and mission-focused individuals who are dedicated to creating, preserving and stewarding permanently affordable homes in diverse and mixed-income communities.

Controller

We are currently seeking a Controller to join our growing team and play an integral role in the growth of our organization.  We expect our portfolio to include more than 3,500 homes in the next three years, with projects actively under development and construction. The Controller is a self-motivated accounting and finance professional who will lead, mentor and supervise the accounting team.

You will play an operational role within the department and an advisory role to the development and housing operations teams to maintain sound financial management across the organization. You will ensure that internal controls are working effectively and implement sound processes to achieve the organization’s financial goals while prudently managing risk.

You are not afraid of tackling unfamiliar challenges and enjoy collaborating with different people to come to common solutions. You are looking to leave your mark on a growing organization and enjoy thinking of creative, efficient ways to use technology.  You will also be responsible for the reliability and accuracy of all accounting information for each of the properties held by the Community Land Trust.

The ideal candidate for this position must be an organized individual with a proven ability to multi-task, problem-solve and prioritize challenging workloads independently.

Salary range is $110,500 – $130,000/year. CLT offers a comprehensive benefits package including retirement and education allowances. Read our full job description [PDF] for more information.

Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@cltrust.ca.


CLT Good Works

Community Land Trust administers two funds that reduce financial barriers to joining housing co-operatives: The Disability Trust and the Domestic Violence Relief Fund (DVRF).

As part of joining a housing co-op, a new member must buy shares. These two programs help certain people who are unable to pay for their shares immediately.

  • The Disability Trust helps people with disabilities who are unable to pay for their shares immediately, by providing a loan with no fee or interest. Download the Disability Trust information flyer or, for more information, email us.
  • The Domestic Violence Relief Fund (DVRF) helps women who have experienced, or are at risk of, abuse, threats or violence. Like the Disability Trust, the DVRF provides loans with no fee or interest to qualified beneficiaries. Download a copy of the DVRF flyer.  If you know a woman who might be eligible for this fund and would like information about housing co-ops please get in touch.

For more information on either program, please email us at: members@chf.bc.ca.

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Contact CLT

Please get in touch with us with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

info@cltrust.ca | 604-879-5111

Mailing Address

220-1651 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y3

Executive Director

Tiffany Duzita