Canada to partner with Chinese developers to build large-scale sustainable community in Shanghai

Canada will be cooperating with Chinese developer Shanghai Land Group on the planning, design and identification and supply of technology and products for healthy and energy efficient buildings for a 200,000-person sustainable community at Gucun, Baoshan, about 25 kilometres from Shanghai.

A multi-disciplinary Canadian project team of experts from government agencies and industry is being assembled to support Shanghai Land Group and maximize Canadian commercial opportunities in the development of the new community. A cooperation agreement between Shanghai Land Group and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation was signed during Minister of Labour and Housing Joe Fontana’s recent mission to China.

The first phase of the project, which is to commence by year-end, will involve affordable housing in the form of high-rise apartments. The cooperation agreement also covers sustainable community planning and design, and identifying technologies and products for healthy, energy-efficient buildings.

Five years ago, the Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) began promoting Canadian expertise in energy efficient, healthy housing, and design features to the Chinese market. Chinese builders and suppliers were quite receptive and, as a result, are continuing to work with the Canadian housing industry to design more energy-efficient and healthy housing.

This project is part of a broader, longer-term approach for increasing Canada’s participation in China’s housing boom, and to strengthen the necessary infrastructure in China for Canadian technology, including wood products.

CMHC International offers expertise and advice, often in association with other Canadian partners, to emerging economies and countries in transition to develop their own housing finance systems and housing policies.