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A well-informed membership makes the co-op housing movement stronger. Keep up-to-date on the latest CHF BC, and co-op housing related, goings-on by reading our latest news below. To get this news—and more— delivered directly to your inbox subscribe to our newsletters.

  11 June 2024   

The Missing Piece: New Federal Funding Makes a Real Difference

Last week, the Canadian federal government announced the $1.5 billion Co-operative Development Program. This is the first major federal investment in co-op housing in over 30 years.

Our CEO, Thom Armstrong, discussed the significance of this historic funding in recent media appearances, highlighting its impact on co-op housing in B.C.

  6 June 2024   

CHF BC Welcomes Launch of New Co-operative Housing Development Program

This Co-operative Housing Development Program is the first significant federal investment in co-op housing in over 30 years. CHF BC is delighted to see the program—promised in the 2022 federal budget—finally come to fruition.

It includes $500 million in contributions and $1 billion in loans to build housing co-ops across Canada. We are particularly excited that Indigenous-led housing co-ops will be eligible for program funding.

  1 May 2024   

In the News: Vancouver’s Urgent Need for Non-Profit Housing

A recent opinion article in the Vancouver Sun by Nancy Hannum highlights the critical need for non-profit housing in Vancouver.

The op‑ed argues that in Metro Vancouver at least 70 per cent of all new rental supply built over the next 20 years must be non-market, including housing co-ops. This is crucial to alleviate the ongoing housing crisis.

  16 April 2024   

2024 Federal budget highlights urgency of the housing crisis

Today, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled the 2024 federal budget, which largely focuses on the housing needs of renters and younger generations.

Many of the housing commitments outlined in the budget were announced as part of the federal government’s new housing plan, unveiled last week.

The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada strongly supports the government’s sharp focus on housing.

  4 April 2024   

Canada Rental Protection Fund Paves the Way to Housing Stability

B.C.’s housing sector celebrates the $1.5-billion Canada Rental Protection Fund, 🎉

The fund builds on the successful B.C. model, extending housing stability and affordability nationwide.

  28 March 2024   

It’s Time to Build The Next Generation of Co-op Housing

Speak up for more co-op housing!

Use CHF Canada’s helpful tool to send an email to the Minister of Housing and you local MP urging them to launch the co-operative housing development program without delay.

  15 March 2024   

A Dynamic Partnership Towards More Co-op Homes in Vancouver

On March 13, 2024, Thom Armstrong, CEO of the CHF BC and the CLT expressed support for Councillor Sarah-Kirby-Yung’s motion regarding co-operative housing in Vancouver entitled “The Future of Co-op Housing—A Path to Delivering More Co-op Homes in Vancouver.”

  12 March 2024   

A Path to Delivering More Co-op Homes in Vancouver

Vancouver City Councillor Sarah-Kirby-Yung is presenting a motion concerning co-operative housing titled The Future of Co-op Housing – A Path to Delivering More Co-op Homes in Vancouver.

Read on to view a video explainer about, learn about CHF BC’s perspective on, and see media coverage of the motion.

  28 February 2024   

Introducing a New Era of Co-operative Housing in BC

In a recent CFRO Co-op Radio interview, CHF BC CEO Thom Armstrong shares his insights into the new era of ambitious initiatives shaping the co-operative housing landscape in British Columbia.

Here are five key takeaways from Thom’s interview that highlight the transformative strides being made in our province.

  26 February 2024   

Video: How Public Housing Unlocks Permanently Affordable Homes

This insightful exploration of the housing crisis looks at why publicly owned non-market housing—aka community housing—is the best way to provide affordable homes for people in British Columbia.

Please take a few minutes to watch the video for a deeper understanding of this important topic.

  23 November 2023   

Urgent Resolution: Expedite the Co-operative Housing Development Program

At our 2023 AGM on November 19, delegates passed an emergency resolution.

The resolution urges the THAT CHFBC urge the federal government and the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities to launch the Co-op Housing Development Program without further delay.

  5 July 2023   

Civic Innovators: Renovate the Public Hearing

Do you ever wonder why some neighbourhoods are all single-family homes while others are high-rises, shops, and duplexes? Did you know you get to be part of that conversation?

Since April CityHive’s Civic Innovators, a group of youth (ages 18-30) from across the province of B.C., have been hard at work coming up with entirely new systems of governance and making recommendations on how to improve the public hearing process.