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Economic Inclusion

Every business transaction has an economic, environmental, social impact on our communities. In collaboration with our partners, we are gathering data to understand the barriers to economic inclusion and its impact on the most vulnerable groups.


We are committed to finding solutions to remove those barriers and we seek to enhance economic opportunities for all.


Our approach is to build healthy communities by increasing community capital. We understand that healthy communities require multiple types of capital. These types of community capital include:

  1. human capital;
  2. economic capital;
  3. social capital;
  4. cultural capital; and
  5. physical capital.

Affordable Housing Rental and Home Ownership

DLF leverages our team core competencies in real estate development and property management to partner with and improve housing and communities for Black Canadians, focusing on the social determinants of health that affect residents’ quality of life and long-term health and success. Integrated into all our projects are Construction Skill Trades Training and Apprenticeships opportunities.


DLF Community Developments, leverages partnership with seasoned developers, property managers and community organizations to provide high-quality, well-managed affordable housing and support services towards improving families’ and seniors’ overall quality of life. Our Data collection framework ensures data-informed decision-making for programs and services and long-term tracking of economic, social and health outcomes.

Dream Residences @ Yorkdale — A residential multi-purpose building allowing for co-working space and rental and access to housing in collaboration with Dream Maker Developments

Dream Suites @ YYZ — A multi-purpose building available for co-working space and access to housing

The Empire Club of Canada Panel — “Systemic Racism, Housing, and the Realities of Black Canadians”


Moderated by Ene Underwood (CEO, Habitat for Humanity GTA), panel participants share their unique perspectives on the importance of enhancing the pathway to ownership for lower-income black households, and how this framework can be applied to additional underrepresented populations.

Construction Skilled Trades Training and Apprenticeship

Canada is facing a critical shortage of skilled tradespeople, with a projected 300,000 vacancies over the next decade according to Build Force Canada.  To replace them, Build Force suggests employers should concentrate recruitment efforts on historically underrepresented groups and closing the gap will require the public and private sector actively recruiting, training and mentoring in the trades.


In response, DLF implemented a construction skill trades training program and apprenticeship, leveraging its partnerships in construction development and property management to provide opportunities for ACB Canadians with a focus on Black Women.

Key Facts

Fact 1

Economic exclusion is when individuals cannot access economic resources and opportunities such as participation in paid work, procurement competitions, and financial capital. All of these forms of exclusion are common to Black Indigenous, people of colour, recent immigrants, women, and people with disabilities living in Canada.

Fact 2

In Canada, the federal government alone spends $18-20 billion per year procuring goods and services. Over the next ten years, the Canadian federal government will spend $180 billion on infrastructure investments. Learn more here



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