Glassworks Co-op is defined by our shared goals. By applying for membership, individuals and organizations agree with these goals. They define the kind of future we wish to build, together.

Mission Statement

Glassworks Co-op exists to create net-zero, affordable, multigenerational living and an economic development project that benefits Owen Sound as a whole. The Owen Sound Community Land Trust will form to hold a part of Owen Sound real estate in perpetuity with lands subdivided and/or leased for development in accordance with Glassworks Co-op’s Mission, Values and Vision.

Why do we exist?

Core Values

What do we believe in?

Glassworks Co-op values:

  • resiliency

  • housing affordability / attainability

  • environmental championing

  • regenerative agriculture

  • mutual respect of members

  • multigenerational, diverse and accessible

  • co-operative education and outreach

  • consensus building

  • a commitment to decolonization efforts and a willingness to collaborate with local Indigenous communities and initiatives

  • design for people, not cars

  • co-housing with shared amenities

  • co-design process

  • autonomy and local control of lands and shared access to commons/natural resources and desirable land features (including water access) therein 


What kind of future do we want?

Glassworks Co-op believes in a future where people of all ages and different means can learn, work and live, with voluntary mutual support in a beautifully designed, net zero community.