Kensington Market Community Land Trust

Kensington Market Community Land trust was incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2017,  in response to rapid gentrification of the residential and business properties in the area. We are here to acquire property and remove it from the commercial real estate market, to use for community benefit, including providing perpetual affordable housing, and maintaining the eclectic and mixed-use nature of this unique neighbourhood.

On May 31, 2021, we acquired 54-56 Kensington Ave, one of the Market's anchoring properties, with 12 residential and 5 business units. Two years ago, a new landlord tried to evict the current residents, a move that was successfully fought by them, (with community support). They won't have to face that again.

We are asking for support to ensure the permanent affordability of 54-56 Kensington, and to pursue further acquisitions in the Market. 

Our current GoFundMe campaign will go towards repairs and maintenance needed in the first year, and to help us do more!

Kensington Market is one of Toronto's most dynamic neighbourhoods, long home to new immigrants, musicians, artists, and the marginalised. For over a century, cheap residential and business rents allowed successive waves of immigrants and grassroots entrepreneurs to start families and businesses. The whole has created a unique and beloved neighbourhood, utilized and enjoyed by the entire city, and beyond. Your support will preserve this urban treasure!

Find out more about us on our website,


​We would like to acknowledge the support of Councillor Mike Layton, MPP Jessica Bell, Friends of Kensington Market, and Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services.

We, as members of the Kensington Market Community Land Trust, are aware that we are a settler organization. Kensington Market sits in the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit (an Anishnaabe people), the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat and Petun Nations, land which is now home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon wampum belt covenant, an agreement by the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee to share resources equally and peaceably. It is also covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. As settlers, we acknowledge that we have broken the treaties. Our work for the well-being of this territory must include accountability to our Indigenous relatives.
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