Check out our fall line-up! - September 1, 2016

Member Forum kicks off busy season on September 12

Get ahead of the busy season and mark your calendars now for these fall events for co-op members. At our CHF BC/CHF Canada Member Forum on Monday, September 12, we'll review the latest news from the success of our You Hold the Key campaign to keep low-income co-op members in their homes and look at the fixes announced in the recent federal budget.

You'll hear updates on co-op subsidy extensions, other news from the federal budget, and the consultation underway on a national housing strategy.

The Member Forum is also a great chance to catch up on other co-op housing news and reconnect with other co-op members.

Then, get ready for a packed fall line-up with more events than ever including: more scheduled workshops, the Vancouver Island Council meeting and Island Education Day, our Fall Education Conference and an extra-special Annual General Meeting

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for an exciting fall season. See you soon!


What's Happening


Housing co-ops across Canada bid farewell to founder Glenn Haddrell

Co-op members across the country can thank Glenn Haddrell for the homes they live in today. In the 1960s, Glenn Haddrell was the assistant manager of a credit union in Abbotsford, BC and saw the need for more affordable housing among the credit union's members. With a loan in his own name and using the co-operative model he created the first continuing non-student housing co-op in BC, Abbotsford Co-op Villa. 

Glenn went on to lobby for more co-ops in BC and across the country and became the first executive director of what is now CHF Canada, where he convinced the federal government to roll out the programs that financed most of the housing co-ops in the country today.

“While he would be the last to claim any credit for it, Glenn Haddrell’s nearly two decades at the helm of the Co-operative Housing Foundation (now Federation) of Canada is surely the most significant contribution any individual has made to the success of co-op housing in Canada,” said CHF BC's Executive Director, Thom Armstrong.

Glenn passed away in Maple Ridge last week. If you knew Glenn and remember his work developing and advocating for housing co-ops, we'd love to hear your stories. Contact CHF BC at

There will be a memorial service for Glenn which is open to the public on Saturday, September 3 at 1:00 pm at Garden Hill Funeral Home, 11765 224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC.


Co-ops on leased land make video to support renewal

Many housing co-ops in Vancouver are facing the end of their land leases with the City. City Council will be voting soon on a framework for land lease renewal for those co-ops. Here's a video created by RePlan, part of the False Creek Neighbourhood Association. This is part of RePlan's campaign to ask the City to renew those leases and maintain affordability for housing co-ops in Vancouver.

If you agree that land leases for co-ops should be renewed on fair and reasonable terms, RePlan asks that you share this video with your friends, your local politicians and anyone you think should be aware of the benefits that housing co-ops bring to Vancouver by sustaining diverse, healthy, mixed-income communities in the heart of the city.

If you have questions or would like more information on land lease renewal for co-ops in False Creek South, please contact RePlan at