Rebuilding social connectedness

Our Island Education Day is back on June 4th!

Remembering Wes Hosler

First and forever a co-op member.

The YES Camp Sponsorship Draw

Last chance to enter! Draw on May 17th.

Vancouver Island Council Meeting

& anniversary reception – May 25th.

Spring Education Workshops

An exciting menu of online workshops!

Latest News

A well-informed membership makes the co-op housing movement stronger.

Stay up-to-date on new developments in co-op housing and other community housing initiatives, upcoming events and more.

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Scoop Stories

Monthly articles featuring our members, partners, programs and services.

To mark International Women’s Day earlier this month, we turned the Scoop spotlight to three women who have blazed a groundbreaking trail in the community housing sector.

About CHF BC

We are the go-to hub for all things related to co-op living.

The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) is made up of member housing co-ops and associated organizations across British Columbia.

We unite, represent and serve co-ops and their members. Governing and managing co-op homes and communities can be challenging. Whatever our members need, they can count on us to be there for them.

About CHF BC on Vancouver Island

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Living in a Co-op

Co-ops build strong, healthy communities.

Co-ops build strong, healthy communities. They create opportunities for people of all ages, incomes and backgrounds to live together in a safe and positive environment.

Co-operative living is a powerful way for individuals and families to have a say in their housing and to enjoy the safety and security of a strong community.

Our mission at CHF BC is to add value and deliver the cutting-edge services our members need to maintain the quality of their homes and communities.

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Education

Supporting our members with the knowledge, skills and resources they need to thrive.

We offer workshops, webinars, conferences, consultations services and much more.

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Resources

A full online library of resources and tools reflecting best practices for our members.

Learn about Model Rules 2.0 (our most valued resource); sample policies and other templates; Privacy Act Tools; our Guide to the Co-op Act and more.

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Group Buying

We harness the power of group buying to deliver the best value for our members.

Our group buying program delivers great pricing, superior quality and excellent service across a wide range of goods and services essential for our members. Our members get what they need, when they need it, without any hassle.

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Planning and Renewal

Planning is critical to every co-op's success.

To successfully plan, a co-op needs to understand its property, its finances, its legal obligations, and its members’ requirements and goals. We help our members put all the pieces in place for a thriving and prosperous future. Understand your buildings and assets and how you can care for them, not just now but for the long term.

Work with a team that has collaborated with more than 120 housing co-ops across the province.

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Growing Community

Acquiring, creating and preserving housing now and for the future.

CHF BC has worked for a quarter century creating a better model for housing. The Community Land Trust model is a success: a growing number of co-ops, including some of BC’s largest, work with the Land Trust to deliver quality, sustainable housing focused on people of low- and moderate incomes.

 

More about the Land Trust model

Supporting Community

Concern for community is one of the 7 core co-op principles.

CHF BC operates a scholarship program that recognizes the importance of education to our members and the broader community.

Through a related charity, the federation also helps remove barriers to accessing co-op housing with the Disability Trust and Domestic Violence Relief Fund. We also work to help members age in place.

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Find a Co-op

There are more than 260 non-profit housing co-operatives in BC.

The majority of housing co-ops in BC are located in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.

Individual co-ops manage their own marketing, application and selection processes and waiting lists.

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Scoop was CHF BC’s member magazine since the 1980s. See past issues to 2002 in this online archive. For the latest feature articles please see Scoop Stories.

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