Join us

Housing co-ops in British Columbia are welcome to become members of CHF BC. If your co-op is not a member, we would be pleased to come to your co-op to share information about the benefits of membership. For more information please contact Fiona Jackson.

Why join CHF BC? Here are some good reasons
  1. Save money with group buying: If it's time for your co-op to purchase new flooring, appliances, counter-tops or cabinets, or you need to switch waste and recycling providers, or want to save money on maintenance supplies then our Group Buying program will save you money and volunteer energy. The latest and most popular program is our Co-op Telecom Program with TELUS for members of CHF BC member co-ops.
     
  2. Make the most of your co-op's money: By using CHIP (Co-op Housing Interest Pool) for your everyday co-op banking, you can earn higher interest on your co-op’s operating accounts.  CHIP turns several small co-op accounts into one large depositor, making them eligible for better interest rates.
     
  3. Education and co-op governance support:
    Our education program offers conferences, workshops, portable workshops at your co-op, mediators and an online library of resources for members including Model Rules 2.0 and "Policies on the web", to develop the skills needed to foster healthy co-op communities.
     
  4. Get your concerns heard:  CHF BC speaks up for co-ops. We work with all levels of the government and affiliated organizations to improve conditions for co-op members. One example is our You Hold the Key Campaign. To have a strong voice for co-op housing we must be united. As of January 2017, CHF BC has 248 members representing over 13,267 units of housing.
     
  5. Support with Refinancing and Renewal: Our Planning and Renewal Program helps member co-ops develop long-term financial asset management plans and arranges help with refinancing where needed.
     
  6. Stay in touch and informed: Our member magazine, SCOOP, is sent to CHF BC members, keeping you up-to-date on the latest issues important to your co-op. We also keep members informed with the latest co-op housing news and events through mail-outs, CHF BC Essentials e-news, our Facebook page, our YouTube channel and Twitter feed. Members connect at our member forums, special events, and Island events.

As you can see, the benefits certainly outweigh the fees. Membership fees for the 2017-2018 year are $4.10 per unit per month. The CHF BC fiscal year runs from August 1 to July 31.

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