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We are focused on our four priority areas to achieve our mission.

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Social Finance and Housing

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The Institute of Southern Georgian Bay

Who We Are

Together, we are working towards a resilient, equitable, and sustainable future. We are a connected group with unlimited potential. We bridge the gaps across sectors to address some of the challenges and opportunities for Southern Georgian Bay – social needs, environmental impacts, and new ideas for a vibrant economy.

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Financialization and Housing: A Social Innovation Approach

What is housing? A home, shelter, safety and comfort necessary for individuals and families to thrive, a human right, essential for social and economic wellbeing…

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Land Trusts, Community Loan Fund, Community Bonds: Can These Social Finance Tools Accelerate Our Progress On Housing Needs?

By Shirley Keaveney, Deputy Mayor, Meaford and member of the Institute’s Social Finance Learning Group. This is an abridged version of Shirley’s remarks at the Institute’s Sustainable, Attainable, Affordable Housing event held on December 1, 2021. You can watch the…

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Community Carbon Footprint Challenge: Let’s Get Involved!

By Catherine Daw, Leadership Group, Collingwood Climate Action Team. Catherine’s personal mission is to help create a resilient and sustainable community. In the fall last year, the Collingwood Climate Action Team launched the Community Carbon Footprint Challenge to…

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Affordable Housing: Recommendations Adopted in Collingwood to Ensure Viable Communities

By Jack Vanderkooy, Board Chair, Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay; member of the Collingwood Affordable Housing Task Force, and member of the Institute’s Social Finance & Housing Working Group In January 2021, Collingwood Town Council, in response to the UN…

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Community News

Financialization and Housing: A Social Innovation Approach

What is housing? A home, shelter, safety and comfort necessary for individuals and families to thrive, a human right, essential for social and economic wellbeing…

READ MORE

Land Trusts, Community Loan Fund, Community Bonds: Can These Social Finance Tools Accelerate Our Progress On Housing Needs?

By Shirley Keaveney, Deputy Mayor, Meaford and member of the Institute’s Social Finance Learning Group. This is an abridged version of Shirley’s remarks at the Institute’s Sustainable, Attainable, Affordable Housing event held on December 1, 2021. You can watch the…

READ MORE

Community Carbon Footprint Challenge: Let’s Get Involved!

By Catherine Daw, Leadership Group, Collingwood Climate Action Team. Catherine’s personal mission is to help create a resilient and sustainable community. In the fall last year, the Collingwood Climate Action Team launched the Community Carbon Footprint Challenge to…

READ MORE

Affordable Housing: Recommendations Adopted in Collingwood to Ensure Viable Communities

By Jack Vanderkooy, Board Chair, Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay; member of the Collingwood Affordable Housing Task Force, and member of the Institute’s Social Finance & Housing Working Group In January 2021, Collingwood Town Council, in response to the UN…

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You Deserve to Live in a Community That Cares!

The Institute leverages the collective power of people and place for social, environmental and economic prosperity in Southern Georgian Bay.

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Testimonials

“I want to help build a world in which everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home.” Julia Deans

Habitat for Humanity Canada

“The Institute has led to amazing connections and relationships both in the arts and in other fields.” Susan Cook

BMFA

“Every dollar we spend, lend, or invest has an effect and impacts our communities.” Jack Vanderkooy

Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay

Thank You to Our 2021 Partners