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  1 October 2020   

2020 Century of Co-operation Awards

For the first time in four years of honouring long-time co-op members with our Century of Co-operation Awards, we are not able to hold an award ceremony. Instead, for the month of October,  beginning on National Seniors’ Day on October 1, we will share profiles of this year’s award winners with you. Check back for … Continued

  1 October 2020   

A Century of Co-operation: Barbara’s co-op life has been good

Eighteen years ago when Barbara first moved into her co-op home in Common Ground Co-op in South Surrey-White Rock , she was looking to save money on her housing…but something more as well. “I had been renting and rents kept going up and up and up and I didn’t just want cheaper rent; I was … Continued

  25 September 2020   

Come together for Orange Shirt Day!

Orange Shirt Day is September 30. It’s an opportunity for communities to come together in a spirit of reconciliation and remembrance. Learn more about Phyllis’s story of her orange shirt and the creation of this day to recognize the harm the residential school system did to Indigenous children in Canada, and an “affirmation of our … Continued

  22 September 2020   

CHF BC Renews Telecom Program with TELUS!

Program features 40% discounts on TV and Internet services CHF BC has reached a new agreement with TELUS to continue providing deep discounts on HDTV and high-speed Internet services to our members, effective October 1. We welcomed TELUS as our newest group buying partner almost five years ago.  Since then 3,400 co‑op members have enjoyed … Continued

  17 September 2020   

CHF BC welcomes new Education Director to the team

In our fast-changing world, staying on top of the latest information and resources to keep your co-op running smoothly is more important than ever. But at a time when work and learning are moving online, how do we ensure everyone stays motivated and engaged? CHF BC’s new Education Director, Katy Bigsby, has more than a … Continued

  8 September 2020   

CHF BC masks have arrived!

We’ve got some great new CHF BC masks for our team. Do you want some masks for your members? Share photos and stories of how your co-op is practicing safe distancing, and we’ll send you some masks! Email us at — or share on Facebook or Twitter.

  24 August 2020   

FCHI-2 / Rental Assistance Program

New Rental Assistance Program Set to Launch on September 1, 2020 September 1, 2020 marks an important date for co-ops that began under federal funding programs. CMHC’s new Rental Assistance Program (RAP, also known as FCHI-2, or the Federal Community Housing Initiative – Phase 2) is about to launch. The co-op housing sector lobbied hard … Continued

  19 August 2020   

Does your co-op have a COVID-19 safety plan yet?

If your co-op hasn’t created a COVID-19 safety plan, here are some key things to keep in mind as you work on a plan to keep your members safe and meet your obligations to public health authorities. Be sure to monitor your local health authority website for updates on COVID-19. You can find these at … 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