Transit Oriented Affordable Housing

The Hamilton Transit Oriented Affordable Housing (TOAH) Lab is focused on identifying and co-developing financing solutions to preserve existing and create new affordable housing near transit corridors in the City of Hamilton, and to inform the development of similar projects in other municipalities across Canada.

Solution ready for pilot

Following 18 months of co-creation and prototyping in the Lab, participants have coalesced around a solution we believe has the potential for profound impact. A national Equitable Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing entity would be a first-in-Canada approach to transit oriented development. It will be designed to test solutions to and disrupt patterns of spiralling housing unaffordability, gentrification and displacement. Read more about this unique and compelling approach.


In March 2023, the Hamilton Transit Oriented Affordable Housing Lab was formally launched with the following partners signing on to address this complex challenge: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Social Innovation Canada, the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Community Foundation, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Canadian Housing Evidence Collaborative (CHEC). Lura Consulting is providing Lab design and engagement support. Additional partners and advisory members currently include Hamilton is Home, Infrastructure Canada, Infrastructure Ontario, Hamilton Community Benefits Network and a growing list of other engaged participants.

In today’s challenging fiscal climate the Lab will work with up to three projects on identifying innovative and sustainable funding pathways to bring about the projects’ realization.

On May 16, 2023 the Lab participants met for the first time to examine what levers for change could be most effective and timely. Into the Fall and Winter, we will work through prototyping and testing interventions for their feasibility and viability. Our aim collectively is to work towards pilot design by Spring 2024. 

The Hamilton TOAH Lab builds on the work of the CMHC’s 2018 Transit Oriented Affordable Housing Lab and the Financialization of Housing Lab. We look forward to sharing progress with you as the prototyping gets underway.

This CMHC funded and co-created Lab is part of the National Housing Strategy’s Solutions Labs program. The funding is used to explore new ways of making progress on housing challenges.

Read our Interim Lab report

Learn about the process we followed and the journey towards a solution we are moving to pilot.

HTOAH Lab is guided by the following partners

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Follow our progress through our Stories