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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.

  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.

  29 April 2024   

Seize the Moment: BC Builds’ Housing Development Opportunities Await

The recently announced BC Builds’ Housing Development Opportunities initiative connects zoned land with development partners to speed up timelines, and deliver more affordable homes for British Columbians.

To promote engagement, BC Builds is hosting separate information sessions for eight new parcels of underutilized, publicly owned land spanning from the Interior of B.C. to Vancouver Island.

  25 April 2024   

Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP) Ending: Act Now!

Since 2010, ECAP has provided opportunities for non-profit housing co-ops (and others) to save money and improve sustainability.

The program is set to end this year. If your co-op has never made use of he program—or only saw a few households participate—there’s still a chance to take part!

  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.

  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 February 2024   

Province maintains historic commitment to affordable homes for British Columbians

BC Budget 2024 includes modest spending increases in previously announced provincial housing measures.

British Columbia continues to lead the country in housing investments to benefit low- and moderate-income households. CHF BC, CLT, and the rest of B.C.’s community housing sector is pleased to see these investments maintained and, in some cases, increased.

  21 February 2024   

$2 Billion Federal Investment Empowers Innovative BC Builds Program

On February 20, 2024, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government will be adding another $2 billion in financing to BC Builds

The announcement also included BC Builds’ fourth site with 112 new co-operative homes for middle-income households in Vancouver.

  12 February 2024   

Video: B.C. Premier on the importance of co-operative housing

During his announcement of the acquisition of 2 Coquitlam housing co-operatives, B.C. Premier Eby discussed the important role that co-operative housing plays in meeting the challenges of the housing crisis.

During his remarks, he noted that co-ops are a model of housing that works. It’s stable housing, it’s affordable housing, and it’s also built-in community.