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Brief History

Canadians have been building and living in housing co-ops since the 1930s. In 1982, responding to the need for a unified voice for housing co-ops in British Columbia, a handful of housing co-ops with an inspired vision of the future formed the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC.

CHF BC’s purpose was — and still is — to expand non-profit co-op housing, to promote better housing conditions in BC, to share skills and information within the co-op housing sector, to represent co-op housing to governments and the public, and to promote the co-op movement and co-op principles across BC.