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  10 August 2020   

Thinking of running for the CHF BC board?

If you’ve been thinking about getting more involved with the federation, now is your chance! At our Annual General Meeting on November 22, we’ll be holding an election for five at-large director positions for the CHF BC board.  And at our Vancouver Island Council meeting on October 14, we’ll hold an election for a Vancouver … Continued

  10 August 2020   

It’s not too late: come to our virtual Education Summer Camp!

With summer here and in-person events still on hold, our virtual summer education camp might be just the thing to help you develop your co-op governance and leadership skills. Here are five affordable opportunities to expand your co-op IQ. PAST: Membership Terminations (Thursday, August 6) Identify the conditions for successful membership terminations. Legal Responsibilities for … Continued

  27 July 2020   

Happy birthday, CHF BC!

38 years ago today a small but determined group of housing co-ops activated the principle of “co-operation among co-operatives” by founding CHF BC. In 2020 CHF BC unites, represents and serves more than 250 member co-ops with almost 14,000 co-op homes. We offer a wide range of education, group buying, and planning and renewal services … Continued

  18 July 2020   

A Year to Remember

It has been a year to remember! Whether it’s advice on safe operations in the age of physical distancing, support for good governance on virtual meeting platforms, access to financial assistance and other government programs, or the continuation of our popular group buying programs, we have been with our members every step of the way. … Continued

  13 July 2020   

Official Launch of Virtual Meeting Support Services

CHF BC is offering a new set of services to members: our staff can help you with your virtual AGMs, board meetings, town hall information sessions and other meetings. We can assist with purely virtual gatherings, or help you hold hybrid meetings that include a physical component as well (always with the safety of members … Continued

  8 July 2020   

Is it your turn to join the CHF BC board?

CHF BC serves more than 250 housing co-ops with almost 14,000 co-op homes across the province in a dynamic group of social enterprises that includes COHO Management Services and the Community Land Trust.  We’ll elect five at-large directors to our board at the November 22 Annual General Meeting.  Stay tuned for more information on what … Continued

  8 July 2020   

Don’t miss the July 15 deadline for FCHI-2 agreements!

The Federal Community  Housing Initiative (FCHI)-2 is the new rental assistance program that continues CMHC subsidies to low-income co-op households from September 1, 2020 through March 31, 2028.  If you were among the first group of federal program co-ops to receive a program agreement by email from CMHC, you have until July 15, 2020 to … Continued

  19 June 2020   

Summer extension of BC’s temporary rental supplement

Good news for co-op members who need to access BC’s temporary rental supplement (TRS) this summer: the Government of British Columbia has announced that it’s extending the TRS until the end of August 2020. Co-op members who meet the eligibility requirements can access this support; read more about eligibility on our resource pages here. If you’ve … Continued

  21 May 2020   

We are virtual…and we’re here to help

In response to current events, CHF BC has shifted its focus to offer members more “virtual” service options, including more online education and town halls on timely topics. Our members have responded in greater numbers than ever.  We appreciate your encouragement and positive feedback. We’re also working to support members who want to hold their … Continued

  20 May 2020   

CHF BC hosts Vancouver co-op leasehold renewal meetings

CHF BC will host two meetings in the first half of June to discuss the renewal of housing co-op leases with the City of Vancouver. The first meeting will take place on June 1, between 6 pm and 8 pm PDT. We will begin with a brief review of the City’s January 2020 discussion paper. We’ll then share with you the … Continued