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  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

  8 May 2019   

Island Council meeting packed with information for all

Island members came together at the Hotel Grand Pacific on May 6 for the Vancouver Island Council meeting.  They received a report from CHF BC directors David Maier, Art Farquharson and Jared Melvin.  Members had lots of questions for CHF BC’s Telecom Program Customer Services Co-ordinator, Kalia Attal.  A special member forum on governance challenges … Continued

  3 May 2019   

Housing Central opposes tax shift in City of Vancouver

CHF BC spoke out this week against a surprise Vancouver City Council decision to implement a 2% shift in taxes from commercial to residential properties.  The decision carried by a slim majority, despite a strong recommendation from staff that Council should give the issue more serious thought. The decision will affect more than 200 housing … Continued

  25 April 2019   

Island Member Appreciation Evening draws big crowd

Forty-three members from Vancouver Island’s thirty-four housing co-ops joined CHF BC, COHO Management, CHF Canada and CHF BC Group Buying Program partners on the Island for networking and great food at the Island Member Appreciation on Wednesday, April 24. CHF BC and COHO Management extend sincere thanks to our members and clients for their continued support.  … Continued

  13 April 2019   

Community housing partnership to lead new National Housing Strategy initiative

A partnership of housing organizations announced Thursday that CMHC has selected its proposal to create a Community Housing Transformation Centre supporting innovation, capacity building and long-term sustainability of community housing. This National Housing Strategy initiative will invest $68.6 million over nine years into programs, grants and resources. It will also support co-op members and community … Continued

  18 March 2019   

Next Steps for City of Vancouver Lease Renewals

In January and February, CHF BC held a pair of meetings for co-ops that lease land from the City of Vancouver. Members offered their views on the lease renewal framework and how the lease renewal discussion has progressed so far. We have summarized the comments in a short document. CHF BC’s executive director, Thom Armstrong, … Continued