For help for your co-op during this time of physical distancing requirements, please see our special COVID-19 Pandemic Advice pages
Here you’ll find a variety of resources such as “how to start a co-op”, tips on holding virtual meetings (and information on CHF BC’s Meeting Support Services), and information about the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT).
Don’t forget the many resources under our education program. And remember to access many of these, you’ll need to be logged into the website! If you haven’t already, get an account: find out how here.Virtual Meetings | Starting a Housing Co-op | Other Resources
CHF BC offers a range of services for a fee.
Looking for more flexible options for holding your co-op meetings? Need support or tools to have an effective online meeting? We can help with board meetings, general meetings, town halls and more.
We also have tips and recommendations about best practices and how to prepare for various kinds of meetings.
There are two main kinds of housing co-ops in BC: equity co-ops and non-profit housing co-ops. Interested in starting one?
We often get questions about how to go about starting a co-op. It’s easy to set up an organization; it’s a lot harder to create actual housing. The vast majority of co-ops in BC are non-profit co-ops, and with few exceptions were developed as partnerships between senior levels of government (through funding programs) and grassroots organizations. The funding programs that ran from the mid-1970s to early-1990s are over, so developing co-op housing is a serious challenge without resources (land, money) of your own.
Co-op Services is the newest team at CHF BC. We work with other staff members to support member inquiries, develop resources for member co-ops and assist with BC's newest co-ops working with Community Land Trust. We will be developing more materials and resources to complement our education program offerings (including workshops and member-only resources).
In the coming months, we hope to provide more resources for co-ops considering implementing systems of internal support for low-income co-op households.
To learn more about the CRT, please visit our introduction to the Civil Resolution Tribunal.