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  22 November 2019   

BC Registries online filing: Update

We reported earlier on the BC Registries modernization that requires all co-ops to make submissions online beginning November 4, 2019. We’ve just learned that all registered co-op offices were mailed a package the week of November 18 that provides more information and online filling pass codes for your co-op. If your co-op’s address may have changed … Continued

  22 November 2019   

Vibrant AGM at Housing Central Conference

CHF BC’s AGM on November 17, saw delegates and other members take part in the Housing Central Conference, the biggest affordable housing conference in the country. Delegates then came together at our AGM to network, be part of our business meeting and elect directors in an exciting election event. Seven candidates stood for five openings on … Continued

  7 November 2019   

Important update on CMHC subsidy extensions

This is an important update on CMHC’s new rental assistance program for housing co-ops – the  Federal Community Housing Initiative 2 (FCHI-2). Enrolment in the FCHI-2 began last month for federally administered co-ops.  The program will provide new rent assistance to low-income members beginning April 2020 and lasting until March 31, 2028. In earlier communication … Continued

  24 October 2019   

Thinking of running for the CHF BC Board or Finance Committee?

At our Annual General Meeting on November 17, we’ll be holding an election for five at-large director positions and one finance committee position. If you’ve been thinking about getting more involved with the federation, now is your chance! Read the Call for Candidates and download the Candidate’s Declaration Form and send it back to us completed to Nomination deadline … Continued

  24 October 2019   

Fall Education Conference looks at co-ops within larger community

The theme of the Education Conference on Saturday, October 19, was No Housing Co-op is an Island. The workshops and plenary highlighted outside influences that can impact co-ops and offered ways for co-ops to make the most of opportunities and deal effectively with challenges. The Civil Resolutions Tribunal (CRT), newly opened to hearing cases involving members and … Continued

  22 October 2019   

CHF BC celebrates Co-op Week with community

In what is becoming an annual tradition for CHF BC, on Friday, October 18, we celebrated International Co-op Week by hosting a “hot dog day” and inviting local co-ops and neighbours to drop by for a free hot dog (with veggie options). In spite of heavy rainfall, more than 150 people dropped by for the … Continued

  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

  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