We Don't Build, We seek to improve
Livable Canada is a global network and community of trade professionals seeking best practices in residential design. Through our exclusive platform you will connect with global architects, builders, interior designers, contractors/renovators, kitchen bath designers, decorators, home inspectors, real estate brokers, medical professionals including occupational therapists and caregivers plus academia and researchers.
We serve the trades in the residential design/build sectors across Canada and the USA. Our mission is to aspire to be your "go to" for education on residential wellness design, accessibility, living in place and more!
Our website and events consistently showcase new products, educational resources, reports, webinars, training and more.
15.3 M Canadians are living with some form of disability that affects their level of freedom, quality of life or independence, and the wellness real estate economy is a 37 billion dollar global industry and growing! The collision of these statistics is the intersection where LivABLE presents solutions and connectivity.
LivABLE Community Audience and Demographics
We have 500+ industry professionals registered at each event, and we are growing! Our attendees consist of principals, management, key influencers, and decision makers from the following professions: Architects, Builders, Interior Design Professionals, Educators, Financial, Government, PSW/Care Givers, Manufacturers/Distributors, Realtors, Renovators/Contractors, Retailers, Retirement Home Management and many more…
We have welcomed 1,000 + total summit trade attendees over the course of our multiple summits, and 95% of those attendees are decision makers. With over 100+ hours of video content accumulated and 250,000 social media impressions, LivABLE is growing in it’s authority.
My LivABLE Home, at The National Home Show, April 15-24th, 2022
Over 10 days, the National Home Show welcomes over 150,000 attendees, with 93% being homeowners. We are primed in our partnership with the National Home Show to present to a broader audience, bridging the gap between homeowners, build, design and trades professionals and the key decision makers in the industry.
Our community benefits from attending these events. Here’s what they have to say about LivABLE:
ABOUT LivABLE Design Summit Organizer Linda Kafka
As the founder of the Living in Place Network, an international community of professionals focused on living and aging in place, Linda is the driving force behind the LivABLE Design Summit, a bi-annual trade event designed to both inspire and educate design professionals. Linda has been active within the North American design community for over 10 years, and is a valuable and trusted resource for the residential interior design industry. She is an advocate for Inclusive Design (also known as Universal Design) and is one of Canada’s leading experts on living in place and wellness in the home and is a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS.)
For Linda, her mission is simple: to advocate that every home be designed for a lifespan, so our spaces adapt to our changing needs regardless of age, income, size or ability.
Better Living, Better Designing
Currently, there are more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 14. The Baby Boomer generation is being recognized as one of the largest segments of the population and the driving force behind the living well in place.
Today over 90% of Baby Boomers want to remain in their own homes as they age. With the means and a desire to be active, relevant, and contemporary, Baby Boomers are creating change in how they live. If you want their business, then you need to pay close attention.
Designs That Meet Your Needs
The Baby Boomer generation is changing the face of interior design. Their want for accessible, barrier-free, comfortable, and well environments is of no surprise.
But what is of surprise is that their movement is growing to include others with similar wants due to their needs. That raises the question and ignites conversation as to "why are we not designing and building better spaces for everyone?"
Need to Combat Housing Crisis
Currently, we are facing a housing crisis. For individuals to remain at home during their lifespan, they will need to modify their spaces.
It's reported that: Home Modification is a $77 billion industry in Canada, with New Builds tipping the scale at $275 billion! (reported by the Canadian Home Builders Association).
To support everyone, regardless of age, ability, or size, the idea of LIVING IN PLACE came about. This new, expanded movement started asking, "why can't residential environments adapt to us as our needs change over an entire lifespan?" Think about it. The design of our homes shouldn't be driven by any specific factor. Environments should support everyone regardless of AGE, ABILITY, SIZE or CIRCUMSTANCE!