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“What role does government play?”

It depends!

Sometimes governments aren’t really involved in co-op business. In other cases, government does play a significant factor.

This can be the case where a co-op:

  • leases land from government
  • borrows money through a government program
  • receives money so that low-income members can afford to live in the co-operative.

In any of these situations, government may set rules about who can live in the co-op buildings, or what housing charges should be, or what kind of reports the co-op should submit.

All housing co-ops have to follow laws that apply generally, such as human rights and privacy legislation.