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  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

  11 May 2020   

Seize the Summer Telecom Contest

You can still sign up to save BIG with our Telecom Program, and now with the arrival of the summer sun, you have a chance to win too with our “Seize the Summer” Contest! Sign up for great deals with our Telecom Program for High Speed Internet, HDTV and home phone services with TELUS before … Continued

  9 May 2020   

Remembering Glen Armstrong

CHF BC was saddened to learn of the passing of Glen Armstrong this week. Glen served on the CHF BC board from 2000 to 2006 and was our Vice-President for a two-year term from 2002 to 2004. He then went on to serve on the CHF Canada board from 2009 to 2015 as a director-at-large. … Continued

  6 May 2020   

New Funding for Energy Efficiency and More

If you’re a non-profit housing co-op with ambitions to reduce your energy consumption by 25% or more, you may be eligible for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund. FCM has about $300 million to disburse over the next six years under its Sustainable Affordable Housing program. That works out to $52 million annually, in a mix … Continued

  30 April 2020   

Farewell to a co-op champion

For more than 30 years, Kerry Smith has worked tirelessly on behalf of the co-op sector – advocating, advising, and supporting with knowledge and wisdom in a variety of roles – and will be deeply missed as she begins her retirement effective today. A treasured friend and colleague, Kerry has been looking forward to this … Continued