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  12 May 2021   

Expression of Interest – Meeting Chairperson Training Program

Background The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) is a membership association representing more than 250 housing co-operatives in British Columbia. CHF BC is incorporated under the Cooperative Association Act and is an umbrella organization for a group of related non-profit societies (subsidiaries) including COHO Management Services Society, COHO Property Management Inc. (CPM) and … Continued

  3 May 2021   

Don’t miss the 2021 CHF Canada AGM!

CHF Canada’s Annual Meeting is coming up in June.  Has your co-op registered its delegate yet? This year’s national AGM runs from June 10 to 13 and is packed with education, networking and a chance to learn more about the national co-op housing movement. Check out the website to see all the options. This AGM will also … Continued

  3 May 2021   

Housing Central Celebrates Asian Heritage Month

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, this May we join together with our partners in Housing Central to celebrate the rich Asian heritage of our communities. We acknowledge the Asian-heritage community leaders and builders and want to uplift their voices and stories. We will also begin the work to formally tackle anti-Asian racism while acknowledging … Continued

  21 April 2021   

Happy Earth Day!

CHF BC knows our members are interested in the environment and sustainability, and we are pleased this Earth Day (Thursday, April 22, 2021), to announce the launch of our Sustainability Report e-newsletter. If you would like to receive these quarterly reports on the latest in environmental sustainability in co-ops, please sign up here. Please note, … Continued

  21 April 2021   

PRESS RELEASE: Province stays the course on historic housing investment

But the course has changed, and new spending will be needed to address desperate need for affordable housing. It has been a busy budget week, with all eyes on both the federal and provincial governments’ first budgets of the pandemic. Along with our partners, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, we issued this 2021 budget press release in response … Continued

  19 April 2021   

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2021 Provincial Budget Media Availability

      VANCOUVER, BC (April 19, 2021) – Media are advised that Jill Atkey, CEO of BC Non-Profit Housing Association, and Thom Armstrong, CEO of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC, will be available for interviews on the 2021 BC Budget following its release Tuesday, April 20. The government’s first budget since the start … Continued

  16 April 2021   

How co-ops can tackle climate change – An interview with Kathryn Sheps

Anyone who registered for the Spring Education Conference will have full access to the conference platform – including most sessions – until May 31! This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time – many would even say it is the most critical … Continued

  15 April 2021   

Adults with developmental disabilities want to be included in your community!

Have you considered welcoming an independent or semi-independent adult with a developmental disability to your co-op community? Many adults with developmental disabilities are able to live quite independently in their own homes with minimal staff support. Yet communities often exclude these individuals. Let’s change that and take the necessary steps to be truly inclusive and share … Continued

  13 April 2021   

Co-ops still earning through Co-op Housing Interest Pool (CHIP)

CHF BC’s Co-operative Housing Interest Pool (CHIP) provides member co-ops with above-market interest rates on their operating accounts.  Almost 150 co-ops have combined deposits of more than $140 million in the pool. Vancity is the largest deposit holder in the program. The current Vancity CHIP rate is .60% and their posted rate for similar accounts … Continued

  9 April 2021   

Fire at co-op leaves members looking for short-term housing alternatives

Early on the morning of Saturday, April 3, members of Devonshire Court Housing Co-op in Maple Ridge woke to the sound of fire alarms and the smell of smoke. Because of a fire that started on the second floor of the apartment building, everyone had to be evacuated by local emergency services. Many of the … Continued