Calling all New Westminster co-ops; campaign gets municipal boost - October 4, 2014

Key Campaign gets big boost from UBCM

(WHISTLER) It’s official: the Union of BC Municipalities holds the Key! At the UBCM convention in Whistler the delegates unanimously endorsed the resolution put forward by Metro Vancouver calling on the provincial government to fix the co-op housing crunch. Now CHF BC is urging decision-makers in Victoria to listen to the urgent call for action coming from the province’s municipalities. CHF BC Executive Director says it means a lot to our members that our campaign has the unanimous support of municipal governments across B.C.


We hope the province will listen and take action to find a solution to keep low-income, senior, single-parent and other co-op members from losing their homes,” says Armstrong.

Vancouver Councillor (and Metro Vancouver Vice-chair) Raymond Louie, North Vancouver City Mayor (and Metro Director) Darrell Mussatto and New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright (Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Housing Committee) were among those who joined Armstrong in calling on the provincial and federal governments to to fund a rent supplement program for low-income co-op members.

Here’s the motion:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that local governments throughout British Columbia urge the federal and provincial governments to work together to reduce the uncertainty for vulnerable members of housing cooperatives by ensuring that long-term, cost-shared rental assistance programs are in place as federal cooperative housing agreements expire.

Now the Key campaign has the backing of every civic government in the province. Way to go, UBCM - you hold the key!

Check out our press release on the UBCM resolution.


Gearing up for a Royal (City) Visit


The Key Campaign is coming to the Royal City of New Westminster on Thursday, October 23 at Westminster Landing Co-op. It’s a chance for all New Westminster co-ops to come out, learn more about the campaign and help make the difference. And it’s better than a visit from Kate Middleton and Prince William. 

Upcoming Events


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7 to 9 pm


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9:30 am to 4:45 pm


9 am to 4 pm


10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Don’t forget – text, tweet, talk, write!


Want to send Housing Minister Rich Coleman a message? Grab the ear of your MLA or MP? The You Hold the Key campaign can help. Check out the “What You Can Do” section of our website to find out how you can talk to, text, tweet and write your elected officials, media outlets and your friends on social media. Let them know what’s at stake.

BTW: We’d like to double the number of co-ops who have passed or are in the process of passing the motion backing the campaign by the CHF BC Fall Education Conference on Oct. 25. Whaddaya say, Co-op Nation? Are you ready to give Housing Minister Rich Coleman a scare by Halloween? Find out how to join the resolution revolution.

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