Election Blog Entry 10: B.C. municipalities call on next federal government to fund rent supplement programs for low-income co-op members

Civic governments from Abbotsford to Zeballos are unanimously calling on the next federal government to maintain the rent supplement funding for more than 20,000 low-income households in co-operative housing communities across Canada.

Delegates to the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Vancouver unanimously endorsed the resolution sponsored by Maple Ridge to call on the next federal government to maintain rent support for low-income housing co-op members as operating agreements expire. The motion asks the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to make the formal request to the government.

The Maple Ridge-sponsored resolution endorses the CHF BC and the Co-operative Housing CHF Canada “You Hold the Key: Fix the co-op housing crunch!” campaign. And that’s good news for co-op members across B.C. and across Canada.

You can follow their example -- ask your candidates if they support our call for federal funding for new rent supplement programs managed and co-funded by the provinces and territories. Use this cool tool on the CHF Canada website to ask your candidates to support our solution to the co-op housing crisis.

And don’t forget -- on Oct. 19, vote co-op housing!


Photo: From left to right, Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read, Councillor Kiersten Duncan and Councillor Tyler Shymkiw hold the Key to the Co-op in front of the Vancouver Trade and Convention centre on Wednesday.