In 1984, a group of women banded together to form a housing co-operative under Section 56.1 of the National Housing Act (NHA).
They were looking for a site close to public transportation, schools, parks, shopping and social services. By the end of the year they had chosen a site near Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West.
In November 1986 Perth Co-op was ready for people to move in and by early 1987 it had become fully occupied. On September 19, 1987, the official opening ceremony was held. By 1996, Perth Co-op had approximately three hundred residents.
Perth Avenue Housing Co-operative is an eight story building with 102 units. It is located at 120 Perth Avenue and the nearest intersection is Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West.
Perth Co-op is a diversified community made up of families (both single parent and both parents), single individuals, the physically challenged and senior citizens. Perth’s Membership is comprised of many races, culture, religions and abilities.
The co-op places a high value on community spirit and participation. It has been a member of the Canadian Housing Federation Toronto (CHFT) since its opening. At the same time, the co-op is involved with the Bloor-Junction Neighbourhood Coalition Inc.
For more information about cooperative living in Canada, please visit the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada‘s website.