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Regeneration Works: Places of Faith

A partnership of the National Trust of Canada and Faith and the Common Good.

A social enterprise between two of Canada's leading non-profit organizations within each of their fields. Through mutual respect and a passion for faith buildings, the community, and people who shape them, Regeneration Works: Places of Faith helps communities create successful strategies for their buildings and community.

Our Services

Our team offers consulting services to meet the needs of your place of faith.

Building Audits

Building Audits

We lead walk-through audits to help determine how to maximize savings and usage of your space.

Space Sharing Consulting

Space Sharing Consulting

We help with the logistics of how to select building partners and work together effectively.

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

We help you connect and engage with the greater community to determine how best to regenerate.



We have run successful community-wide regeneration workshops in Sydney, NS, Ottawa, ON, Hamilton, ON and Peterborough, ON.

Successful Regenerated Places of Faith

Many places of faith across Canada have created viable, successful community spaces.
The following are some examples. Click here to view more.

Little Wanup Chapel


Location: Sudbury, ON

Tags: rural

Faith Community Website: wanupchapel.com

Built as a schoolhouse in 1923in this small community on the outskirts of Sudbury, the Chapel housed various congregations until St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran left the building in 2014. The Little Wanup chapel was purchased by Rusty Cross and Erik Seyler from the Lutheran congregation. 

St. James Centennial United Church


Location: Parry Sound, ON

Faith Community Website: stjamesps.com

St. James United undertook a process of discernment over five years in response to changes in ministry and an expanding approach to living its mission, as well as to address financial concerns.


Latest News

How the Arts Thrive in Montreal Faith Buildings

St James United MontrealThe Leading and Learning team (this time with the sub-in of the amazing Erika Hennebury) headed back out on the road in late November, this time headed for Montreal. As you might remember Toronto Arts Council, Artsbuild Ontario, Faith & the Common Good and Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre have been supported by the Metcalf Foundation to explore models for the arts and faith to cohabitate. This is the fourth blog post in the series, so please feel free to go back and have a look at what we discovered in Philadelphia and New York.

In Montreal, we started our journey with St. James United and their Executive Director (an unusual title in church land, but one that I heartily approve of) Dianne Ellison and Reverend Arlen Bonnar. The church was built in 1888 on Sainte Catherine Street and is a part of the Quartier des Spectacles. It’s a National Historic Site of Canada and sees about 40,000 tourists per year.

Rising to the Challenges: Faith Building Regeneration
Christ Church Cathedral Fredericton
Photo courtesy of The Anglican Diocese of Fredericton

Check out the wonderful coverage in the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton news of our recent workshop and tour of the Christ Church Cathedral buildings -- anglican.nb.ca/news/workshop-delves-into-future-of-diocesan-cathedral-buildings

Boldly exploring the challenge of faith building regeneration and adaptive re-use in Fredericton, NB!

Next stop? Join us on Nov 3 in Winnipeg, MB to continue the conversation!

Regenerating Places of Faith in Calgary

Calgary workshop

Places of faith anchor and shape our communities. Yet many congregations are facing declining attendance and insufficient funding to maintain and operate their historic buildings. These important community assets are in a period of transition across the country, and the Calgary area is no exception.

What is their future? How can they continue to contribute in a positive way to their communities?

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