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  11 October 2019   

Thanks for joining us at the Vancouver Island Council Meeting!

Thank you for joining us for the Vancouver Island Council meeting at the Hotel Grand Pacific this week! There was a great crowd for the October 8 meeting, where we heard a report on the past year from CHF BC directors David Maier and Art Farquharson and re-elected incumbent directors David Maier (Greenway Co-op) as … Continued

  10 October 2019   

How will you celebrate Co-op Week – October 13 to 19?

Co-ops around the world will be celebrating Co-op Week starting on October 13. How will you celebrate? Here are some options: You’re invited! Wednesday October 16 – 4:30pm – 9:30pm The BC Co-operative Association is hosting a Co-op Week Innovation Forum at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre in Vancouver featuring two dialogue sessions which explore … Continued

  9 October 2019   

Enrol now: Federal Community Housing Initiative, Phase 2

This is important news for any housing co-op created under a federal funding agreement. Last week, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) launched the Federal Community Housing Initiative 2 (FCHI-2). This program will provide new rent assistance to low-income members in federally administered co-ops beginning April 2020 and lasting until March 31, 2028. Many co-ops … Continued

  4 October 2019   

What Is A Co-op?

CHF BC and its member housing co-ops are part of a bigger community of co-operatives. Even though many people are members of co-operatives (like credit unions, or Modo, or MEC), co-ops are still less familiar than limited companies and charities. We’ve put together a video that answers some basic questions about co-operatives and how housing … Continued

  30 September 2019   

Rebates for installing electric vehicle charging stations at co-ops

On Friday, September 26, the Province of BC launched its $5 million Go Electric EV Charger Rebate Program. This is part of the CleanBC plan launched last December with a goal to support actions to reduce BC’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Most co-op building’s are multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) and are eligible for a rebate of … Continued

  30 September 2019   

Lots of learning at Island Education Day

On Saturday, September 28, Island members enjoyed a full-day of education with workshops that reviewed CHF BC’s Meeting Tools and other online resources, the basics on co-op maintenance, a look at co-op redevelopment that brought members up-to-date on the work of Community Land Trust (CLT), and a discussion on dealing with disputes under the Civil Resolution Tribunal … Continued

  30 September 2019   

BC Registries modernization and what it means for your co-op

BC Registries and Online Services has started a phased, multi-year modernization initiative to replace and improve the applications used for its registries. Starting November 4, 2019, all BC co-operatives will need to submit annual reports, director changes and address changes online using Cooperatives Online, a new online tool. Cooperatives Online will also let co-operatives pay for … Continued

  15 August 2019   

Update: Federal Community Housing Initiative, Phase 2

* Information provided by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) CMHC has been working closely with key housing associations over the summer to finalize details for Phase 2 of the Federal Community Housing Initiative (FCHI). This new rental assistance program for community housing providers reaching the end of their operating agreements will be available … Continued

  29 July 2019   

News Release: Housing Advocates Welcome Report from Burnaby Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing / CHF BC Available for Comment

Housing Advocates Welcome Report from Burnaby Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing / CHF BC Available for Comment Final Report presented to City Council offers a bold plan to address affordable housing concerns in Burnaby  VANCOUVER, BC (July 29, 2019) – The Co-op Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) and BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) … Continued

  16 July 2019   

CHF BC director Gabe Dennis wins Mark Goldblatt Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that CHF BC director Gabe Dennis is a winner of one of the 2019 Mark Goldblatt Leadership Scholarships. The scholarship is awarded to housing co-op members across Canada who are promising full-time students, previous scholarship winners and current directors of a housing co-op or housing co-op federation. The Mark Goldblatt … Continued