Community Solutions to Affordable Housing Crisis

The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council has acquired a 132 year old historic building in downtown Pictou, Nova Scotia, for conversion to affordable housing.

To be called the Stone House Manor (a Co-operative Caring Community) the building will be converted to 15 units, a combination of one and two bedrooms.

“This is a gorgeous, solid building, completely made of stone, with concrete flows.  It is in the core of the downtown and walking distance to all amenities. When lit at night, it looks like a castle, says the Council’s CEO Dianne Kelderman.  We are thrilled to not only bring 15 more housing units to market but to also preserve this historic property.

The Council launched its first housing project in February 2022 with the acquisition of the Tara Motel in New Glasgow, which was later converted to 36 affordable housing units. It is now called Coady’s Place (after Fr. Moses Coady).

Given that we have 87 people at the waiting list for a unit, we are beginning Coady’s Place Phase 2, which will see 20 townhouse style homes built on the same property.

The three housing projects will have a total of 71 new units in the Council’s Co-operative housing portfolio. Plans are underway for additional acquisitions in 2023.


The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council is the economic development agency for the Co-operative and credit union sector in Nova Scotia, and will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2023.