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  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

  12 July 2019   

Civil Resolution Tribunal set to hear disputes from housing co-ops

The Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) describes itself as Canada’s first online tribunal to offer dispute resolution in a timely, accessible and inexpensive manner. In May 2018, Bill 22 (Civil Resolution Tribunal Amendment Act) was introduced in the Province of British Columbia. As of July 15, 2019, the CRT will begin to hear disputes from housing co-operatives. CRT’s jurisdiction … Continued

  28 June 2019   

Fun and games for members at Co-op Housing Summer BBQ!

The 10th annual Co-op Housing Summer BBQ saw close to 120 members from 25 Lower Mainland CHF BC and CHF Canada member co-ops come together on Saturday, June 15 for an afternoon of food, fun, games and prizes. For the second year we held the event in Stanley Park and featured musical entertainment from The … Continued

  27 June 2019   

Interior BC Co-ops Picnic and Education Day

CHF BC held a picnic and education day for all Interior BC Co-ops in Kelowna this month. Invitations went out to all co-ops in the Kootenays and Thompson Okanagan regions. 36 members from three CHF BC and CHF Canada member co-ops from Vernon and Kelowna attended for a lunch, fun activities and networking. They stayed … Continued

  27 June 2019   

Housing Central 2019: Call for Art!

Are you an artist or do you know an artist living in a co-op who tackles issues related to housing and homelessness? We would love to hear from you! The upcoming Housing Central Conference will feature an art exhibition on Tuesday, November 19 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver. Additional opportunities to showcase artwork may be available … Continued

  26 June 2019   

Feds bring good news for low-income co-op households!

An announcement by the federal government on June 25 is good news for housing co-ops waiting to hear if the extension of subsidies for low-income households will continue beyond 2020. The two-phase Federal Community Housing Initiative (FCHI) plan announced as part of the National Housing Strategy in November 2017 promised to protect vulnerable co-op households for the next … Continued