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  10 April 2020   

BC Temporary Rent Supplement Program Opens for Business

BC Housing is now accepting applications for the BC Temporary Rent Supplement Program (BC-TRS).  Some housing co-ops and their members are eligible to apply.  More information will be available from BC Housing soon. The BC-TRS will cover partial rent or housing charge payments for eligible tenants or co-op members for three months (April, May and … Continued

  3 April 2020   

Province extends deadlines for co-op AGMs

Some co-ops have been worried that they won’t be able to hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) by the deadline set out in section 143 (2) of the Cooperative Association Act.  In normal circumstances a co-op must hold an AGM within four months of its fiscal year end. We offered some advice on March 18 … Continued

  31 March 2020   

Financial Supports for Co-ops and Co-op Members

Housing co-ops and their members are understandably worried about the financial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.   CHF BC and our allies at Housing Central have been following the news closely to keep track of the support being offered by various levels of government to housing co-ops and their members. Here are two charts: A summary … Continued

  31 March 2020   

Advice to Members for April 1

We are all dealing with unprecedented challenges navigating the COVID-19 outbreak and deciding how best to support and communicate with members.  No one has everything figured out, but we are all in this together and together we will find the best way forward. On March 24, CHF BC issued a memo to all member co-ops … Continued

  31 March 2020   

Group Buying Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

CHF BC is working hard to maintain services during the COVID-19 pandemic while placing the highest priority on the health and safety of our staff, members and many partners.  Here’s the latest on what you can expect from our Group Buying programs as we work to “flatten the curve” and deliver value for your membership … Continued

  25 March 2020   

Let’s show our concern for community!

CHF BC makes food bank donation on behalf of members Housing co-ops are resilient communities.  Their members believe in the values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.  Today we are calling on housing co-ops in BC to respond in these challenging times by turning the co-op principle of Concern for Community into … Continued

  25 March 2020   

Helping Members in Financial Distress during COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak caught everyone by surprise.  Now we are living through a pandemic, and it’s difficult to remember what “business as usual” looks like.  As more businesses close their doors – temporarily or otherwise – the resulting layoffs are creating widespread financial distress and uncertainty.  So far almost one million Canadians have applied for … Continued

  18 March 2020   

Advice to Members on Meetings During COVID-19 Pandemic

Advice to Members on Meetings Every business and community in BC is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and housing co-ops are no exception.  CHF BC members have been asking us for advice on a range of issues.  The two most commonly asked questions so far are: Can we or should we postpone our Annual … Continued

  16 March 2020   

CHF BC cancels all events until further notice

This morning at 9:30 a.m. we made the difficult decision to cancel all CHF BC events scheduled for the months of March, April and May, including our April 4 Education Conference and our May 3 Semi-Annual Meeting. This decision was later reinforced by the Province’s ban on organized gatherings of more than 50 people. The … Continued

  6 March 2020   

Happy International Women’s Day!

Sunday March 8 is International Women’s Day, an initiative to raise awareness and mobilize action to achieve gender equality and human rights for all women and girls.  Co-operatives are uniquely positioned to foster gender equality.  Here are some stats for CHF BC staff and directors: Some themes for this year’s campaign are #BecauseofYou highlighting the … Continued