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Regeneration Works: Places of Faith


A partnership of the National Trust of Canada and Faith & 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.

Places of faith have anchored and shaped our communities for generations, and remain social and physical landmarks, whether in urban or rural settings. Many congregations are at risk as they face declining attendance and insufficient funding to maintain and operate their buildings.

Recognizing that congregations and communities are struggling with these issues, the National Trust for Canada and Faith & the Common Good, two national not-for-profit organizations, have come together to provide expertise, training, advisory and custom coaching services under the banner Regeneration Works: Places of Faith.

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.

Upcoming Events

June 01, 2019 at 9am
Sydenham Street United Church
82 Sydenham St
Kingston, ON K7L 3H3
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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, and the Eastern Ontario area is no exception. What is their future? How can they...

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The Social Infrastructure of Beautiful Gathering
La Monastere at St Jax
La Monastere performs at St. Jax Anglican, photo Natalie Bull

We’re back, exploring the adaptive reuse and co-use (congregation still present) of faith buildings in Canada and the United States. Funded by the Metcalf Foundations’ Leading and Learning Fund, representatives of Artsbuild Ontario, The Toronto Arts Council, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, and Faith & the Common Good finished up our journey in Montreal.

Day two in Montreal (see day one in the last blog) led us to ;St. Jax Anglican and Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, a former United Church.

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.

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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.

Action Oriented Partnerships Build a Stronger Community

Paris Presbyterian puts their mission in to action and creates a stronger community


Paris Presbyterian Church

 Grand River Street
Paris, ON


PDF Project summary

The majestic Presbyterian Church has been a prominent landmark in Paris for nearly 125 years.

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