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What we do


Habitat for Humanity Canada brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.

With the help of volunteers and Habitat homeowners, local Habitats in every province and territory help build and rehabilitate safe, decent and affordable homes, including single-family and multi-unit houses.

Habitat does not give away free homes — the families who partner with us pay an interest-free mortgage geared to their income and volunteer 500 hours with Habitat. As Habitat homeowners pay off their mortgage, the funds are invested into a revolving fund, which is used by their local Habitat to build more homes for low-income families in the community.

Our model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for low-income working families by providing them with the opportunity to purchase their own Habitat home and build a better life.

Why affordable homeownership?

We know that affordable homeownership plays an absolutely critical role in helping families create a new foundation for a stronger future, one that’s filled with possibilities and progress. Affordable homeownership allows families to foster the skills and confidence they need to invest in themselves and their communities, which has a life-changing impact on their lives.

But the benefits of a Habitat home reach far beyond the four walls volunteers and families raise together. Because Habitat families have reduced reliance on social housing and food banks, better education and employment outcomes, and improved health, every Habitat home built helps create $175,000 worth of benefits for the local community. 

Visit "how we help" to learn more about our impact.