Currently, CANAVUA is in the phase of pre-development of the first black housing operator run by a black lead operation in Edmonton. This project began in 2020. We follow the following stages:
Developing the Project Concept
Assessing Project Feasibility
Construction and Lease Up
Operations. We are in the 3rd stage
CANAVUA will be Canada’s first Black-owned and operated structure/program of this nature in Alberta. The purpose of this program is to provide safe and sustainable housing and a community-gathering centre to the vulnerable community in Alberta, with a particular emphasis on the Greater Edmonton area. Partnered with our other ongoing programs and services–which you can learn more about below–we are confident in this program.
Program Dynamik Volunteer and Career Preparation funded by Canada Service Corp.
Youth Service Canada (SJC) promotes civic engagement among young people aged 15 to 30. CANAVUA is very pleased to be among the organizations funded by Canada Youth Service and provides volunteer opportunities that help young Canadians gain meaningful skills and life experiences.
Community Food Truck
To fight against food insecurity, CANAVUA has launched this initiative in October 2020 with the support of the province through AGLC and Community Food Centres Canada. This program offers over 350 hot meals to members of the community. We also offer culturally appropriated meals to black communities.
Even when other sociodemographic characteristics were kept the same, we found that Black households are still twice as likely to be food insecure as white households. Just being Black is enough to increase the risk of food insecurity. These meals are prepared in collaboration with SheGlows Canadian Women’s Solidarity and Sisterhood Association. Edmonton’s Food Bank, Community Food Centres Canada Second Harvest, Breakfast Canada are privileged partners of this program.
In 2022, CANAVUA was funded by the Government of Canada (Local Food Infrastructure Fund) and Becel Kind Hearts Fund to improve the fruit & vegetable service. We buy and receive locally grown fruits and vegetables, eggs, raw honey, fresh bread supplemented by Edmonton’s Food Bank. Food is given by Community Food Centres Canada, and Sysco.
GOAL 1 Improve Community Health. CANAVU Mobile Farmers Market seeks to improve the health of Edmonton residents by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption particularly through locally grown produce.
GOAL 2 Increase Presents of Local Farmers. CANAVUA Mobile Market seeks to increase presence of farmers at the CANAVUA Farmers Market by receiving donated products each week during the Mobile Market Season in 3 locations: (south, north, West end Edmonton).
GOAL 3 Strengthen the Local Food System. The Mobile Market works to insure that people of all income levels have access to fresh, local, healthy fruits and vegetables.
CANAVUA Affordable Housing Project
The CANAVUA AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT is a 6-storey, 34 000sf development, located in the Queen Alexandra community of Edmonton, and consists of 39 apartment-style affordable units intended to fill the needs of an underserved, predominantly immigrant population, complemented by main floor community support spaces. These services will include a small daycare and a community food program, which together will benefit not only residents but also the wider community. A dedicated office space will become CANAVUA’s new home base from which they will continue to support the community’s needs.
The mixed-use character of the building fits into the neighbourhood fabric as the site is nestled between a commercial strip, existing apartment buildings, and a major church campus site. Various design features of the building, including the choice of exterior cladding materials, massing, and main floor street front, are intended to reflect this site context. It is hoped that this new development will not only provide much-needed housing, but also become a hub for creating community within a wider context by providing a place and opportunity for grass-roots community engagement, volunteerism, and leadership.