CHF BC welcomes commitment to affordable housing in BC Budget Update - September 13, 2017

The 2017 budget update shows a clear commitment by the provincial government to prioritize affordable housing.

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CHF BC welcomes commitment to affordable housing in BC Budget Update

The 2017 budget update shows a clear commitment by the provincial government to prioritize affordable housing. With the announcement of 3,700 new affordable units and 6,700 currently in the pipeline, British Columbia will have more than 10,000 new affordable units rolling out over the next several years. Many of those new homes will be in housing co-ops.

Thom Armstrong, executive director of the Co-op Housing Federation of BC, says: “We look forward  to working with our partners at Housing Central, all levels of government and the broader community housing sector to be part of the housing solution for British Columbians over the next decade.” 

In addition to capital investments, the budget update reflects a comprehensive approach to the affordability crisis by prioritizing the housing and support needs of B.C.’s vulnerable renters and homeless populations. Support measures include:

  • 24/7 supports for homeless individuals in 2,000 new units of housing
  • An immediate $100 increase for people on income assistance, as well as the ability for recipients to earn an additional $200 in employment income without affecting their benefits
  • New investments to address the fentanyl crisis
  • An increase in funding to support Residential Tenancy Branch dispute backlogs, wait times, and improved enforcement capabilities.

Here's a summary of the new investments:

Housing and Supports Investment
Construction of 1,700 new units $208M
Construction of 2,000 new modular units for homeless individuals $291M
C24/7 staffing and support in modular units $170M
Sub-Total $669M
Income and Addictions Crisis Supports  
Increase of $100/month for income and disability assistance $472M
Fentanyl response $322M
Sub-Total $794M

“We all worked very hard in the last provincial election campaign to make housing CENTRAL to the new government’s plans and priorities,” said Armstrong. “It’s very gratifying to see that hard work pay off.”

Calling all Island members - Island Education Day on September 23!

Are you a Vancouver Island co-op member looking for co-op education? Don't miss our biggest Island Education Day yet on Saturday, September 23.

Choose from six workshops, all designed to help co-ops thrive and prosper in the post-operating agreement environment.   

For those interested in finance, we're offering Financial Statements and Changing Financials, Planning workshops include Turning Point and Asset Management 101. And for community-building workshops, try New Member Orientation and Outsider to Insider.

Download the flyer for details on all the workshops and register to save your space!


Join us to see UNINTERRUPTED!

Get together with members of housing co-ops and others to  experience UNINTERRUPTED: A cinematic spectacle under the north end of Cambie Bridge at Coopers' Park in Vancouver. 

This stunning film and art installation captures all the magic and mystery of wild salmon migration and is produced by local filmmaker and housing co-op member Nettie Wild. UNINTERRUPTED runs five nights a week (Tuesday to Saturday) at 9 p.m. (with a pre-show at 8:30 p.m.) until September 24. The show runs for 25 minutes.

You can take the interactive journey online in advance at If you complete the journey (it takes about 10 minutes) you can register to get your name projected on the Cambie bridge as a salmon supporter. 

Download our poster and spread the word.

Come share the experience with us on Wednesday, September 20!

 Upcoming Events

Model Rules 2.0 three years on - Free Information Session

September 14

UNINTERRUPTED: A cinematic spectacle - CHF BC member night

September 20


September 23

Vancouver Island Council

October 18


Model Rules 2.0 three years on - Free Webinar

October 19

Fall Education Conference

October 28 

Annual General Meeting

November 19

Growing in Place - workshop

November 27

Co-op Housing Basics

December 14



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