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  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

  18 June 2019   

Brief update on developments that affect co-ops in the City of Vancouver

The following is a brief update on developments that affect co-ops in the City of Vancouver. City Hall has been recently active on a couple of fronts. 1. Tenant Relocation Measures The City is interested in measures to increase protections to renters, particularly when relocations are required as entire properties are redeveloped. City staff drafted … Continued

  7 June 2019   

Connecting the dots at the Semi-Annual Meeting

CHF BC members met on Sunday, May 26, for an afternoon packed with exciting news and opportunities to connect. The afternoon began with a lunch and the presentation of our popular CHF BC scholarships. This year’s winners are Amanda Hill of Tidal Flats Co-op in Vancouver and Darya Kalyuk-Klyuchareva of City Edge Co-op also in Vancouver. … Continued

  6 June 2019   

Rental-Only Zoning in Richmond

CHF BC is aware that a number of co-ops in the City of Richmond received correspondence outlining the City’s proposal to consider rental-only zones. Some housing co-ops would be affected by this measure if it were implemented and the City has offered a Public Open House on June 6 (from 4 pm to 8 pm). … Continued

  16 May 2019   

Burnaby mayor’s task force needs input from Burnaby co-ops

The City of Burnaby is implementing an innovative approach to tackling the affordable housing issue with the “Your Voice. Your Home.” public outreach initiative, the result of Mayor Mike Hurley’s task force and commitment to changing the city’s housing landscape. After an extensive public engagement process, Burnaby has just released its interim report featuring 10 … Continued

  16 May 2019   

COHO Management Services Society celebrates 35 years of service to housing co-ops

The early 1980s were an exciting time for the housing co-op sector in B.C. – new developments were springing up throughout the province, and the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC was taking shape to provide these co-operatives with the representation, advocacy and education they needed to become thriving communities. But while the housing co-op foothold … Continued