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About Us / History

We are a non-profit cooperative founded with the assistance of the North Jarvis Community Association and the Labour Council Development Foundation. We were incorporated under the Cooperative Corporations Act, 1973 on March 17, 1976 and are federally funded.

The co-op was named after Grace MacInnis, the first female Member of Parliament. Grace MacInnis was born on July 25, 1905 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was the daughter of James Shaver Woodsworth, a methodist minister, and Lucy Lillian Staples. Her father was a founding member and first leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation.

After attending universities in Canada and Europe, and a brief period as a teacher, she became assistant to her father in 1931, and later acted as secretary of the CCF party.

She married Angus MacInnis in January 1932 who spent 27 years as a CCF member of Vancouver-Kingsway in the House of Commons until his retirement in 1957.

In 1941, she was elected to the British Columbia legislature and remained until 1945. She was elected to the House of Commons as New Democratic Party Member of Vancouver-Kingsway in 1965, and returned in 1968 and 1972. She held senior positions in the CCF Party and its successr, The N.D.P., and was president of the British Columbia Party for 2 terms. Grace MacInnis passed away in 1995.

The Co-op was incorporated in 1976 and member first moved in in the fall of 1977. The rehabilitation of our century homes was financed by the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and we are still accountable to these bodies. We are members of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT).