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© Ryan Rubin 

The Kensington Market Community Land Trust is a community initiative created to protect the social and economic diversity of our neighbourhood. Kensington Market is under tremendous economic and development pressure. Renters are being pushed out of their homes. Food sellers are losing their stores. Diversity and affordability, the very soul of the market, are under threat. KMCLT is a grassroots organization founded by Friends of Kensington Market (FOKM) to address this crisis. 

Land Acknowledgment 

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. 

KMCLT Mission

The Kensington Market Community Land Trust is incorporated to acquire and provide for the management of land, in perpetuity, in the area bounded by the west side of Spadina Avenue, the south side of College Street, the east side of Bathurst Street, and the north side of Dundas Street, (Toronto’s Kensington Market). It removes property from the pressure of the commercial real estate market, with the overarching goal of land use for local community benefit, including but not limited to:

  • the provision of affordable housing
  • maintenance of the historical built form and eclectic mixed-use nature that characterizes the neighbourhood
  • the continued presence of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds in the residents and businesses populating the area

Brief History of the KMCLT

The Kensington Market Community Land Trust [KMCLT] was incorporated as a community-based Non-Profit Corporation in December, 2017, after several years of discussion and organizing led by Friends of Kensington Market.

In April, 2018, KMCLT sponsored a Community Visioning session, bringing together a wide range of neighbourhood residents and business people to develop a vision and principles to guide the redevelopment of the City-owned parking lot on Bellevue Avenue.

Since that time, KMCLT has been working with the City of Toronto and a team of community organizations to make the Bellevue site available for redevelopment, as well as pursuing other opportunities to maintain Kensington’s character and preserve and expand affordability.