Community Housing Capacity Building Program

Community Housing Capacity Building Program

Co-operative and non-profit housing providers can apply for funding for projects that help them build capacity to provide housing for low-income households.

Government is committed to meeting the needs of low-to modest-income Nova Scotians and building safe, connected communities through strategic partnerships with housing co-operatives and non-profit housing providers.

A main objective of the 2019-2022 Housing Action Plan is to strengthen the community housing sector to help preserve existing affordable housing and increase supply.

The Community Housing Capacity Building Program aims to:

  • stabilize and preserve community housing assets to ensure co-ops and non-profits continue to offer access to safe, suitable and affordable units to low-income households
  • strengthen organizational and governance capacity and strategic planning to ensure growth and long- term operating sustainability of the community housing sector.
  • identify strategic partnership opportunities and leverage federal (external) funding to ensure the community housing sector has the resources it needs to better meet emerging challenges.

Frequently Asked Questions


Program Eligibility

Eligible applicants include co-operative and non-profit housing providers registered or operating in Nova Scotia.  

Community housing organizations that own and operate units coming off the Social Housing Agreement (SHA) over the course of the 10-year NHS agreement will be prioritized, especially if they’re affected by the end of operating agreement in the first 3 years.

Organizations with units that have already expired under the SHA and organizations that need support grow the community housing portfolio in the province will also be considered.

Applications are eligible if they’re submitted by an organization that:

  • is a non-profit and co-operative housing provider that owns and operates housing units, is registered with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies and is currently in good standing
  • has the appropriate governance structure in place to administer, manage and report on project outcomes in accordance with requirements set out in the contribution agreement or at the request of Housing Nova Scotia

To receive funding, selected applicants must enter into a contribution agreement with Housing Nova Scotia that reflects the requirements of the bilateral agreement for contributions for the project. The contribution agreement will set conditions that recipients must meet to obtain funding, enable Housing Nova Scotia to monitor to ensure compliance with those conditions and requirements under the agreement, and include remedies for addressing non-compliance.


Eligible Projects

Projects must align with program priorities. Applications must fully and clearly describe how funding recipients will carry out eligible activities and achieve expected outcomes. You must describe how the project will help advance the provincial outcomes set out in the first 3-year Action Plan.

Eligible activities include:

  • creation of business plans, including capital replacement planning, portfolio management, redevelopment and amalgamation planning
  • governance and operational reviews
  • building condition assessments and energy audits

Download the Community Housing Capacity Building Program Guidlines


How to apply

You can download a copy of the application here:

CHCBP Application Form

You must submit your completed application form in PDF format by email to The deadline is 21 February 2020 at 4:30pm.

For more information, contact us at (902) 424-6177