It’s our 40th Birthday!

  27 July 2022
CHF BC Certificate of Incorporation
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On July 27, 1982, the Co-operative Housing Federation of British Columbia (CHF BC) was launched.

Since then, we have proudly acted as a voice for B.C.’s housing co-ops and championed a meaningful purpose: To promote better housing conditions in British Columbia. We’ve done this through expanding non-profit co-op housing, sharing skills and information, representing co-op housing to governments and the public and promoting the co-op movement and its principles across the province.

This day marks 40 years of uniting and serving our members in a thriving co-operative housing movement. Now representing over 259 housing co-operatives and their almost 15,000 member households, we continue to realize improved well-being and work to foster a supportive environment for co-operative living through our values of belonging, sustainability and growth.

Our founding board

“Forty years ago a small but visionary group of co-op members launched CHF BC on a journey to unite, represent and serve housing co-ops in British Columbia. Today we continue that journey, supported by our members, respected by partners and allies alike and resolute in our commitment to the principles that bind us together. May the next 40 years be as inspiring and impactful as the first.”

Thom Armstrong, CEO of CHF BC

The success of co-ops is a reflection of the people behind them. We are proud to be part of housing solutions that honour people and communities higher than the bottom-line, creating spaces where each member is heard and valued. We press forward in supporting co-ops so they meet members’ needs and we look forward to watching the co-operative housing movement grow, allowing more people to enjoy safe, secure and affordable communities that residents are proud to call home.

“The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC has developed into an energetic representative and leader of the housing co-operative communities in BC. Its dedicated members, board and staff look forward to the challenges, opportunities and growth of the next 40 years.”

CHF BC President, Suzann Zimmering
Province of British Columbia

A Proclamation

A Proclamation
ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and 
Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith
To all to whom these presents shall come – Greeting
WHEREAS co-operative housing is an integral part of communities across British Columbia and 
contributes to the social, economic and environmental well-being of the province, and

WHEREAS the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) is a non-profit organization 
incorporated on  July  27,  1982,  to  unite,  represent  and  serve  co-op  housing  members  
across  the  province  in  a  thriving co-operative housing movement, and

WHEREAS  July  27,  2022,  marks  the  40th  anniversary  of  CHF  BC  expanding  non-profit  co-op 
 housing, promoting   better   housing   conditions,   sharing   skills   and   information,   
representing   co-op   housing   to governments  and  the  public,  and  promoting  the  
co-operative  movement  and  co-operative  principles  across British Columbia;

NOW KNOW YE THAT We do by these presents proclaim and declare that July 27, 2022, shall be known as
“40th Anniversary of the
Co‐operative Housing Federation of BC”
in the Province of British Columbia.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Our 
Province of British Columbia to be hereunto affixed.

WITNESS, The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of Our Province of British Columbia, in 
Our City   of   Victoria,   in   Our   Province,   this   twenty-second  day   of   July,   two   
thousand   twenty-two  and   in the  seventy-first year of Our Reign.

Acting Attorney General and
Minister Responsible for Housing (counter signature for the Great Seal)

Lieutenant Governor
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We are excited to announce that a provincial governmental proclamation [PDF] has officially recognized this occasion, marking July 27, 2022, as the 40th anniversary of the Co-operative Housing Federation of British Columbia. In the years to come, we hope to create an even greater and increasingly inclusive community of sustainable and permanently affordable housing co-ops in B.C.

Join us as we celebrate this milestone through honouring the past, shaping the present, building the future – together.