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Community and Campaign Organizing for the Housing Sector

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Canada’s housing crisis and modern mass homelessness are the products of policy decisions at all three levels of government. 

If you work in or support the housing or homelessness sector, live in co-op housing, have lived experience of homelessness or housing need and want to learn the skills of community and campaign organization, this specially designed training is for you.

The Community and Campaign Organizing course is an eight week, eight session online course on community and political organizing designed to help you learn how to engage in the political process through:  

  • Telling your story to motivate others
  • Designing a strategy that gets the change you want
  • Structuring your team to avoid burnout and facilitate growth
  • Recruiting and keeping volunteers
  • Choosing a strategy and tactics that move decision-makers

The curriculum is based on the teachings of Harvard University Professor, Marshall Ganz, who devised the successful grassroots organizing model and training for President Obama's winning 2008 presidential campaign.

Our training is not your typical lecture style - we ensure optimal engagement with short lectures, followed by interactive group work that puts the teachings to practice. We also guarantee one facilitator to every six students to ensure our break-out sessions are intimate and every student is properly supported.

Delivered by the Institute for Change Leaders, the Community and Campaign Organizing course is a partnership between the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. 

The course will start on February 9, 2021 from 6pm-8pm EST and continue every Tuesday for 8-weeks. 

Over 30 percent of Canadians know someone who has experienced homelessness. An estimated 1.6 million Canadians have experienced homelessness themselves. Over 250,000 Canadians live in Co-op Housing and tens of thousands more work in or support the housing sector. 

If even a percentage of these people were organized to participate in the political process, we would have a grassroots movement capable of influencing electoral politics and policy - and reversing the policies that created Canada’s housing crisis. 

Homelessness and housing needs are solvable problems, but to solve them we need to engage a small group of thoughtful committed citizens like you.


This workshop costs $25-$500 CAD, based on a sliding scale by registrant type. If you have any questions about where you fall in the scale, please email [email protected].


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